Daily Archives: 17 octobre 2019

On 17 October in Asian history

ON 17 OCTOBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on October 17, 2019

1748: In India, British forces raise the siege of Pondicherry, defended by French Dupleix
http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/siege_pondicherry_1748.html

1817: Birth of Syed Ahmad Khan, Indian Muslim intellectual who died on March 27, 1898
http://cssexam2013.blogspot.fr/2012/10/sir-syed-ahmad-khan.html

1862: The Qing government adopts the Huanglong flag as the national flag in its first version (will become rectangular in 1889)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_the_Qing_dynasty

1862-10-17 first Qing flag

1887: Foundation of the Indochina Union including the French protectorates of Cambodia, Annam and Tonkin
http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/Indochina+Union

1898: Birth of Shinichi Suzuki, Japanese violin teacher who died on January 26, 1998
http://www.internationalsuzuki.org/shinichisuzuki.htm

1904: The Russians are finaly driven back by the Japanese in the Battle of Shaho that started on October 5; both sides suffer high casualties: Japanese (16,000) and Russians (60,000)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Shaho
http://59297586.weebly.com/battle-of-shaho.html
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Battle_of_Shaho

1904-10-17 Battle of Shaho

1908: Birth of Kenji Miyamoto, Japanese communist leader who died on July 18, 2007
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenji_Miyamoto_(politician)

1919: Birth of Zhao Ziyang, reformist premier of China (1980-1987) then General Secretary of the CCP (1987-1989), ousted because he was opposed to the repression of the Tiananmen Square students movement
https://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/zhao-ziyang-8911.php

1929: Mohammed Nadir Shah proclaims himself, king of Afghanistan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammed_Nadir_Shah

1936: Birth of Hiroo Kanamori, Japanese seismologist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiroo_Kanamori

1943: The 415-km Thailand Burma railroad ( Death Railway ) between Bangkok, Thailand and Rangoon, Burma is completed. During the construction of the railway approximately 13,000 prisoners of war and 100,000 civilians. Part of the railway was “The Bridge on the River Kwai” which was later made into a movie.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-two/10382906/Burma-Railway-British-POW-breaks-silence-over-horrors.html

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFMmJMNRv-Q

1947: In London, Clement Attlee and Thakin Nu sign the « Treaty between the Government of the United Kingdom and the Provisional Government of Burma Regarding the Recognition of Burmese Independence and Related Matters »
http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/1947_treaty.htm

1947: Birth of Simi Garewal, Indian actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simi_Garewal

1950: Local leader Ngapo Ngawang Jigme accepts the capitulation of Chambo, one of the three parts of Tibet, to China
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Chamdo
http://historicaldocs.blogspot.fr/2012/05/road-map-of-entering-tibet-1950-1951-he.html
http://historicaldocs.blogspot.fr/2013/03/the-fall-of-chamdo-tibetan-account.html

1950-10-17 Chute Chambo

1950: Americano-Siamese security agreement

1951: In Pakistan, the 2nd Governor-General Khawaja Nazimuddin becomes the 2nd Prime Minister (until April 1953) and Ghulam Mohammad becomes the 3rd Governor-General (until October 1955)
http://www.pakistanherald.com/profile/khawaja-nazimuddin-1176
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/person.asp?perid=P012

1952: Birth of Jahnu Barua, Indian film director
http://www.indiaonline.in/about/personalities/filmpersonalities/jahnu-barua
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0059395/

1953: Signature of a friendship and association treaty between France and Laos

1953: Franco-Cambodian agreement on the transfer of competences in military matters

1967: Death of Puyi the last Chinese emperor, born on February 7, 1906
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puyi
http://asianhistory.about.com/od/modernchina/fl/Puyi.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Emperor
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/10024.html

Puyi et Li shuyi 1960

1968: Yasunari Kawabata becomes the first Japanese to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature
https://blog.bookstellyouwhy.com/yasunari-kawabata-winner-of-the-nobel-prize-in-literature
http://www.washburn.edu/reference/bridge24/Kawabata.html

kawabata

1972: South Korean president Park Chung-hee proclaims martial law
 
http://countrystudies.us/south-korea/14.htm

1974: Birth of Dhondup Wangchen, Tibetan director and producer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhondup_Wangchen
http://freetibetanheroes.org/hero-profiles/dhondup-wangchen/

 

http://vimeo.com/50220285#

1981: Death of Kannadasan Indian author, poet, and songwriter, born on June 24, 1927
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kannadasan

1987: Birth of Bea Alonzo, Filipina actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea_Alonzo



http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2e9g1_she-will-be-loved_creation

1987: Death of Abdul Malek Ukil,Bangladeshi politician, born on October 1, 1925
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdul_Malek_Ukil

1992: Death of Herman Johannes, Indonesian professor, scientist and politician, born on May 28, 1912
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herman_Johannes

1992: Birth of Sam Concepcion, Filipino performer and actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Concepcion
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2120205/

1998: Death of Hakim Mohammed Said, Pakistani scholar and philanthropist, born in 1920
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hakim_Said

2002: US Secretary in charge of Asia, James Kelly, says to the Congress that during its travel to Pyongyang, the North Koreans recognized that they have carried on their nuclear program

2003: Taipei 101 become the World’s tallest highrise building at 1,671 feet after the pinnacle is fitted on the roof
http://skyscraperpage.com/cities/?buildingID=18
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201510140021.aspx

2003: Eunuchs in the Indian State of Madhya Pradesh float the political party Jiti Jitayi Politics

2005: Death of Ba Jin, famous Chinese writer
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4351760.stm
ba-jin-3

2007: The Dalai Lama receives the United States Congressional Gold Medal
http://www.dalailama.com/messages/acceptance-speeches/congressional-gold-medal

2009: Pakistan’s military begin its campaign against the Taliban in South Waziristan, long-promised after a series of deadly attacks by Taliban fighters across the country
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2009/10/2009101755843246925.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8311927.stm

2009: Thousands of « red shirt » protesters rally in Bangkok, seeking a royal pardon for Thaksin Shinawatra, the country’s fugitive former prime minister
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/10/20091017161556498994.html

2011: Ninth Tibetan, a Nun, Immolates Herself in Anti-China Protest

2012: Death of Kōji Wakamatsu, Japanese director, producer, and screenwriter, born on April 1, 1936
http://www.screendaily.com/japanese-director-koji-wakamatsu-dead-at-76/5047904.article
http://www.bfi.org.uk/news/obituary-wakamatsu-koji

2013: Death of Sein Win, a renowned journalist in Myanmar who championed press freedom and endured three stints in prison as he chronicled several decades of his country’s turbulent history, at age 91.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/114545/sein-win-force-for-press-freedom-in-burma-dies/

2014: China and Vietnam agree to “address and control” maritime disputes, Chinese state media said, as differences over the potentially energy-rich South China Sea have spoiled relations between the two countries and other neighbours
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1618397/china-vietnam-pledge-address-and-control-maritime-disputes

2014: India’s homemade subsonic cruise missile Nirbhay, capable of carrying a nuclear payload and considered similar to the US Tomahawk cruise missile, is test-fired for the second time from the missile testing center in the eastern state of Odisha
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/10/india-tests-first-domestic-cruise-missile-20141017104129418564.html

2017: Declassified US files reveal new details of Indonesia’s mid-60s mass killings
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/17/indonesia-anti-communist-killings-us-declassified-files

Security in Asia

Asie politique

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17 OCTOBER 2019

India, Japan conduct joint military exercise ‘Shinyuu Maitri’

The air forces of India and Japan are going to conduct a joint military exercise named ‘Shinyuu Maitri’ at Air Force Station Arjan Singh in Panagarh, West Bengal
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/india-japan-to-conduct-joint-military-exercise-shinyuu-maitri/

30 SEPTEMBER 2019

The Royal Australian Navy Task Group’s largest deployment in East of Asia

The Royal Australian Navy has begun its largest deployment of the year with more than a thousand sailors and officers bound for engagements across North and South East Asia
https://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/defence-news/2019/september/7532-the-royal-australian-navy-task-group-s-largest-deployment-in-east-of-asia.html

16 AUGUST 2019

India issues veiled nuclear threat to Pakistan with hint it could abandon ‘no first use’ policy

India appears to have issued a veiled threat to Pakistan when its defence minister said the country’s continued nuclear commitment to « no first use » would « depend on the circumstances »
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/india-pakistan-tensions-war-nuclear-no-first-use-rajnath-singh-modi-a9062561.html
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/india-hints-at-changing-no-first-use-nuclear-policy-11816218

6 AUGUST 2019

China warns US against Asia missile deployment

Beijing « will be forced to take countermeasures, » if the US deploys intermediate-range missiles in the region. A senior official also called on neighboring countries to « exercise prudence » about hosting any missiles
https://www.dw.com/en/china-warns-us-against-asia-missile-deployment/a-49905220

1 JUNE 2019

US warns China over the behaviour against its neighbours

The United States warned China on Saturday against threatening its neighbours’ sovereignty and said Washington was investing in new military technology in the next five years to keep Asia stable
https://www.trtworld.com/americas/us-warns-china-over-the-behaviour-against-its-neighbours-27182

23 MAY 2019

US, Japan, South Korea, Australia hold first naval drills in Western Pacific

US Navy ships conducted joint drills with warships from allies Japan, Australia and South Korea in their first combined exercise in the Western Pacific, the US Navy said on Thursday (May 23)
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/us-japan-south-korea-australia-hold-first-naval-drills-in-western-pacific
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/japan-south-korea-australia-hold-joint-naval-drills-190523074352346.html

7 MAY 2019

China refuses to join nuclear talks with US and Russia in blow for Trump

China won’t take part in three-way nuclear talks with the United States and Russia, a government spokesman said Monday, potentially scuttling plans by the Trump administration for a grand nuclear deal between the three nations
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-nuclear-weapons-us-russia-trump-putin-xi-president-a8902571.html
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/05/06/asia/us-china-russia-nuclear-deal-intl/index.html

30 APRIL 2019

Improving Japan-ROK-U.S. Military Cooperation on North Korea: A Tough Road Ahead

The United States must engage with Japan and South Korea to bridge differences, pursue common interests, and manage issues likely to persist in the Japan-ROK relationship
https://www.cfr.org/blog/improving-japan-rok-us-military-cooperation-north-korea-tough-road-ahead

11 FEBRUARY 2019

Britain urges the West to be ready to flex military muscle in the Pacific as US Navy steps up activities in South China Sea

Western powers should be prepared to back their interests with military power just as Britain is prepared to send its new aircraft carrier to the Pacific, British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said on Monday
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2185746/britain-urges-west-be-ready-flex-military-muscle-pacific

26 JANUARY 2019

China, India Bolster Defenses Despite Reconciliation Attempts

20 JANUARY 2019

An ASEAN way of cybersecurity

From incident response training to technical cyber capacity building, the new ASEAN-Singapore initiative might be a good venue to promote a common understanding of cybersecurity in the region and beyond, Caitríona Heinl writes
 https://www.policyforum.net/an-asean-way-of-cybersecurity/

11 JANUARY 2019

Russia condemns UK foreign army base plans, says ready to defend interests

Russia on Friday condemned British plans to open military bases in south-east Asia and the Caribbean and said it stood ready to take retaliatory measures if its own interests or those of its allies were threatened
https://themoscowtimes.com/news/russia-condemns-uk-foreign-army-base-plans-64115
https://in.reuters.com/article/russia-britain-military-bases/russia-condemns-uk-foreign-army-base-plans-says-ready-to-defend-interests-idINKCN1P51AA?rpc=401&

18 NOVEMBER 2018

The End of U.S. Naval Dominance in Asia

Robert Ross of Boston College points to the decline in U.S. naval strength in East Asia as a game-changer for the regional order. Ross argues that the Navy’s forward presence is strained, while China’s capabilities are growing steadily
https://www.lawfareblog.com/end-us-naval-dominance-asia

22 OCTOBER 2018

US must ‘think twice’ about INF nuclear treaty pullout: China

China criticised on Monday the US’ decision to unilaterally withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, saying that it would have multiple negative effects
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/us-must–think-twice–about-nuclear-treaty-pullout–china-10852688
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/China%26rsquo%3Bs-military-development-also-behind-Trump%27s-decision-on-missiles-45269.html
https://www.aninews.in/news/world/asia/us-withdrawal-from-inf-to-have-multilateral-repercussions-china201810221550020003/

20 OCTOBER 2018

China, US defence chiefs agree to Asean rules on encounters between warplanes

Defence chiefs from the US and China agreed in principle to guidelines on encounters between warplanes, in the latest bid by Pacific nations to keep increased military activity from unintentionally escalating into conflict
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2169482/china-us-defence-chiefs-agree-asean-rules-encounters-between
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/asean-agrees-to-guidelines-on-air-encounters-boosts-counter-10843358?cid=h3_referral_inarticlelinks_24082018_cna

1 OCTOBER 2018

As Chinese Influence Grows, Japanese Warship Visits Sri Lanka

Japan’s largest warship, the Kaga helicopter carrier, sailed into Sri Lanka’s Colombo harbor this weekend, marking Tokyo’s highest profile salvo in a diplomatic battle with China for influence along the region’s vital commercial sea lanes
https://www.theepochtimes.com/as-chinese-influence-grows-japanese-warship-visits-sri-lanka_2675346.html
http://news.navy.lk/eventnews/2018/09/30/201809301620/

19 SEPTEMBER 2018

Defense chiefs of two Koreas sign comprehensive military agreement

South Korea’s Minister of National Defense Song Young-moo, and his North Korean counterpart No Kwang-chol, signed a comprehensive military agreement Wednesday, with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un present at the scene
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=223806
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20180919000752

29 AUGUST 2018

China, with the world’s largest navy, challenges the US in the Pacific

A modernisation program focused on naval and missile forces has shifted the balance of power in the Pacific in ways the United States and its allies are only beginning to digest
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-shoring-up-its-navy-muscles-into-pacific

28 AUGUST 2018

US ends suspension of military drills amid North Korea tensions

The United States will end its suspension of military drills on the Korean peninsula, a move that had been decided as a “good faith” measure following US President Donald Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the Pentagon said Tuesday
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2161752/us-ends-suspension-military-drills-amid-north-korea-tensions

13 JULY 2018

Pakistan, Iran, China, Russia spymasters discuss anti-IS steps

In a raremeeting, heads of intelligence agencies of Russia, China, Pakistan and Iran have discussed counter terrorism cooperation, with particular focus on the build-up of the Islamic State (IS) in turmoil-hit Afghanistan
https://nation.com.pk/13-Jul-2018/pak-iran-china-russia-spymasters-discuss-anti-is-steps
https://intelnews.org/2018/07/11/01-2354/

10 JULY 2018

India and South Korea look to boost military ties

India and South Korea on Tuesday (July 10) agreed to boost defence ties through more military exercises and training as part of efforts to expand their relationship beyond economic partnership
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/india-and-south-korea-look-to-boost-military-ties
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20180710000860
http://www.sify.com/finance/india-south-korea-agree-to-deepen-economic-strategic-partnership-news-economy-shktqOcbebhjj.html

28 JUNE 2018

US to Keep Current Number of Troops in South Korea – Defense Secretary

The United States will keep its current level of troops in South Korea in order to maintain Washington’s defense commitment to its Asian ally, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday, as quoted by South Korea’s Yonhap news agency
https://sputniknews.com/world/201806281065864497-us-troops-numbers-south-korea/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=219557

9 JUNE 2018

Japan Wants Cruise Missiles (And that Should Terrify China or North Korea)

the country is considering buying offensive missiles for the first time since the end of World War II. Those missiles would give Japan the ability to destroy nuclear-tipped missiles on the launching pad, before they are used
http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/japan-wants-cruise-missiles-should-terrify-china-or-north-26198

5 JUNE 2018

India, Japan and US to hold war games in US territory for the first time

For the first time, India, Japan and the United States will hold their annual Malabar exercises off the US territory of Guam, as they seek to improve cooperation amid increasing focus on the Indo-Pacific region
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/india-japan-and-us-to-hold-war-games-in-us-territory-for-the-first-time
http://www.atimes.com/how-china-consciousness-defines-malabar-2018-exercises/

1 JUNE 2018

India’s Modi calls for rules-based order amid sea disputes

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed on Friday (Jun 1) the importance of ensuring the freedom of navigation in Asian waters for free trade, days after pledging to help develop a strategic port in Indonesia
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/indias-modi-calls-for-rules-based-order-amid-sea-disputes/
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/india-stresses-free-navigation-rules-based-order-for-asian-seas-10314824
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180601_34/

2 MAY 2018

Pakistan cosies up to Russia, but Moscow doesn’t seem to want to take sides

Avoiding Incidents at Sea between India and China

23 APRIL 2018

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army in transition: Implications for Indian defence

The challenge to Beijing is that it may be instigating an arms race where it does not seek one, especially with regard to India, which increasingly sees itself in a rivalry with China for great-power status in the Indo-Pacific
https://www.orfonline.org/expert-speak/chinese-people-liberation-army-transition-implications-indian-defence/

10 APRIL 2018

Why did China announce its support for Pakistan’s missile development program?

 While global attention has been focused on the geo-economic ramifications of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, recent developments in China-Pakistan military relations suggest certain shifts are under way within the regional strategic stability regime in South Asia
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1282076

21 MARCH 2018

China-Cambodia Defense Ties in the Spotlight with Military Drills

7 FEBRUARY 2018

Abe, Pence confirm pressure on N. Korea

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence confirmed on Wednesday that their two countries will continue to apply “maximum pressure” on North Korea, in cooperation with South Korea, to foil Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004230644
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180207_38/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/07/mike-pence-announces-toughest-sanctions-ever-north-korea-vows/

25 JANUARY 2018

U.S. and Russia wage new arms race to counter China as Mattis seeks influence in Southeast Asia

There are two parts of Defense Secretary James Mattis’s trip to the Far East this week to woo countries away from Russia and China: charm and arms
http://www.newsweek.com/russia-china-and-us-are-fighting-over-southeast-asia-again-time-using-arms-790276?piano_t=1

20 JANUARY 2018

Beijing hits back at US defence strategy and ‘cold war mindset’

Beijing and Moscow have criticised the US military’s move to put countering China and Russia at the centre of its latest national defence strategy, with China again hitting back at America’s “cold war and zero-sum game mindset”
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2129828/beijing-hits-back-us-defence-strategy-and-cold-war

22 DECEMBER 2017

India, China hold first border talks after Doklam standoff

India and China agree that pending the final resolution of the boundary issue, it is necessary to maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas, and exchanged ideas on various confidence building measures (CBMs) in this regard as the two sides tried to put behind them the Doklam episode
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-nsa-ajit-doval-meets-chinese-state-councillor-yang-jiechi-as-india-china-hold-firts-border-talks-after-doklam-standoff-2569814
http://zeenews.india.com/india/post-doklam-india-china-commit-to-resolve-boundary-issues-2068922.html

11 DECEMBER 2017

US, Japan and South Korea host joint missile tracking drills

The US, South Korea and Japan have started joint exercises to track missiles from North Korea, Seoul’s military has said. The two-day drills come just weeks after Pyongyang launched its most advanced missile to date
http://www.dw.com/en/us-japan-and-south-korea-host-joint-missile-tracking-drills/a-41732866
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/us-south-korea-japan-start-missile-tracking-drill-9487808

 

5 DECEMBER 2017

Indo Pacific Treaty Organisation Emerges Asia Security Imperative in end-2017

Indo Pacific Asia as a geopolitical conception replacing the earlier concept of Asia Pacific has evolved markedly since 2008-2009 synchronous with China’s switch from exercise of ‘Soft Power’ to ‘Hard Power’ in Chinese strategicformulations
http://www.southasiaanalysis.org/node/2234

3 DECEMBER 2017

India alarmed by China’s plan to deploy warships in Gwadar

The proposed deployment of Chinese warships at the Gwadar port in Pakistan has raised serious concerns in New Delhi, reported Russian website Sputnik
http://nation.com.pk/03-Dec-2017/india-alarmed-by-china-s-plan-to-deploy-warships-in-gwadar

9 NOVEMBER 2017

Xi, Trump committed to denuclearization on Korean Peninsula

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Thursday he and his US counterpart Donald Trump have reiterated firm commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and solving the nuclear issue through dialogue and negotiation
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/151/70/153/1510220285505.html
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/11/09/trump-xi-say-will-solve-menace-north-korea-together.html

6 NOVEMBER 2017

Trump: ‘samurai’ Japan will shoot down North Korean missiles after buying new weapons from US

US President Donald Trump on Monday said “samurai” Japan will soon have the capability to shoot down North Korean weapons, once it has bought “massive amounts of military equipment” from Washington. Standing next to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump promised to work in solidarity with Japan to confront “the North Korean menace”
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2118678/trump-samurai-japan-will-shoot-down-north-korean-missiles-after
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/videos/20171106171406446/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/trump-says-japan-would-shoot-n-korean-missiles-out-of-sky-if-it-9377896

23 OCTOBER 2017

Can China and India reset ties?

 China and India seem to be resetting ties. Chinese minister Li Xiasan, the Organization Department head of Yunnan Province and Central Committee member of the Communist Party of China, visited India in September 2017, becoming the first Chinese official to visit India since the Doklam (Doka La, Donglang) standoff between the two countries
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/574.html

5 OCTOBER 2017

The weapons sales making China a big gun in Southeast Asia

China is gradually stepping up military engagement with Southeast Asia, building on the firm economic footings it has established in the region
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2114172/weapons-sales-making-china-big-gun-southeast-asia

20 SEPTEMBER 2017

The Co-Existence of China, US, Japan and India in the Asian Regional Order

China, Japan, and India have plenty of geopolitical and economic space to continue to grow and work together. All of them have strong ties or regular working relationships with the US which is the only major power in both the Pacific as well as the Indian Oceans and the only superpower that exerts global influence
https://ippreview.com/index.php/Blog/single/id/555.html

19 SEPTEMBER 2017

Donald Trump threatens to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea in UN speech

Donald Trump has threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea in a bellicose first address to the UN general assembly, in which he lashed out at a litany of US adversaries, calling on “righteous” nations to confront them
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/19/donald-trump-threatens-totally-destroy-north-korea-un-speech
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2111918/trump-addresses-shared-menace-north-korea-and-iran

1 SEPTEMBER 2017

Russia’s power play in North Korea aimed at both China and US

When Russia sent its bombers flying over the Korean peninsula last week, it was as much a signal to its allies in Beijing as it was a telegraph to Washington that Moscow too, was pivoting to Asia
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/01/asia/russia-north-korea-analysis/index.html

28 AUGUST 2017

India and China agree to end border standoff

India and China have agreed to an « expeditious disengagement » of troops in a disputed border area where their soldiers have been locked in a stand-off for more than two months, India’s foreign ministry said on Monday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/india-china-agree-to-disengagement-along-disputed-frontier-new-9163802
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/doklam-row-china-removes-road-building-equipment-from-face-off-site/articleshow/60262735.cms
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/155/229/170/1503918000706.html
http://www.ibtimes.com/china-india-border-face-ends-what-made-china-step-back-2583363

22 AUGUST 2017

US President Unveils New Afghanistan, South Asia Strategy

President Donald J. Trump tonight unveiled an expansive new strategy for South Asia aimed at bolstering American security.The new strategy encompasses Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, the Central Asian nations and extends into Southeast Asia. He stressed the strategy will not have artificial timelines built into it
https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1284964/president-unveils-new-afghanistan-south-asia-strategy/
https://www.defense.gov/Videos/videoid/544991/
https://www.voanews.com/a/world-reacts-to-trumps-speech-on-new-afghanistan-strategy-/3995547.html

14 AUGUST 2017

US-North Korea crisis tests Cold War’s nuclear deterrence doctrine

The doctrine of nuclear deterrence, put to the test in the standoff between Washington and Pyongyang, dates to the Cold War when the world’s two superpowers seemed hellbent on « mutually assured destruction »
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/us-north-korea-crisis-tests-cold-war-s-nuclear-deterrence-9122572

14 JULY 2017

Is India turning its nuclear focus toward China?

India’s nuclear policy is now believed to be placing a greater emphasis on China instead of focusing on archrival Pakistan. But this is not to be mistaken as a shift in the nation’s nuclear doctrine, say experts
http://www.dw.com/en/is-india-turning-its-nuclear-focus-toward-china/a-39698420
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/253969760/india-should-ally-with-asia-rather-than-us-chinese-state-media

10 JULY 2017

Malabar Exercise: India, US and Japan deploy its biggest carriers in show of force against China’s growing naval power

India began holding naval exercises with the United States and Japan off its south coast on Monday, seeking to forge closer military ties to counter growing Chinese influence in the region
https://www.voanews.com/a/with-eye-on-china-india-united-states-japan-conduct-naval-excercises/3935558.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170710_29/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2102045/malabar-exercise-india-us-and-japan-deploy-its-biggest-carriers

3 JULY 2017

China, India border dispute bubbles over once more, but no one is quite sure why

Experts unsure why Chinese road construction project at tri-junction with Bhutan sparks huge military stand-off, but incident shows tensions remain high
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2100871/china-india-border-dispute-bubbles-over-once-more-no

20 JUNE 2017

Trump ‘furious’ over Seoul’s North Korea ‘appeasement’

South Korean leader Moon Jae-in will visit Washington next week amid reports that US President Donald Trump is vexed over delay in deployment of an anti-missile system and perception that Seoul is appeasing North Korea
http://www.dw.com/en/trump-furious-over-seouls-north-korea-appeasement/a-39327147

16 JUNE 2017

New Cold War in the Indian Ocean

A new Cold War is brewing in the Indian Ocean, with an informal alliance of the United States, India, Australia, Japan on one side and China on the other. While tensions in the ocean are not yet as pitched as in the hotly contested South China Sea, the potential for conflict is unmistakably rising in the high stakes strategic theater
http://www.atimes.com/article/new-cold-war-indian-ocean/

9 JUNE 2017

India, Pakistan join SCO, China and Russia-led security bloc

Asian rivals India and Pakistan on Friday formally joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, a security bloc spearheaded by China and Russia, despite bilateral tensions bubbling over Kashmir
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/209608-India-Pakistan-join-China-and-Russia-led-security-bloc
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170610_01/
http://www.atimes.com/article/bigger-shanghai-cooperation-organization-may-game-changer/
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/what-does-shanghai-cooperation-organisation-membership-mean-for-india/article18825646.ece

5 JUNE 2017

India fears Chinese encirclement, citing ‘overwhelming’ Sino presence in South Asia

India fears a so-called ‘string of pearls’ – Chinese ports – essentially surrounding it, with one ruling party figure telling the ABC the Chinese presence is « overwhelming »
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-06-05/india-fears-chinese-encirclement-citing-overwhelming-sino-presence-in-south-asia/1676616

2 MAY 2017

US anti-missile system operational in South Korea

The US military says its controversial Thaad missile defence system is now operational in South Korea
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39775854
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170502_08/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/thaad-missile-defence-system-south-korea-170501204447184.html

26 APRIL 2017

US starts moving THAAD missile-defence system to South Korean deployment site

The US military has started moving parts of a controversial anti-missile defence system to a deployment site in South Korea, amid high tensions over North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-26/us-starts-moving-thaad-missile-defence-system-to-south-korea/8472480?section=world
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=203364
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/252957159/after-north-korea-shows-off-its-military-power-now-south-korea-declares-us-an

23 APRIL 2017

North Korea threatens nuclear strike against Australia if it doesn’t stop ‘blindly toeing US line’

The threat from a spokesman for the North Korean Foreign Ministry came days after Ms Bishop used an ABC interview to warn North Korea’s nuclear weapons program posed a « serious threat » to Austalia”
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-22/north-korea-accuses-australia-of-blindly-following-the-us/8464252?section=world
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/23/north-korea-warns-australia-of–nuclear-strike-julie-bishop-mike-pence
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/australasia/article/2089955/australia-and-new-zealand-hit-back-north-koreas-threat

9 APRIL 2017

US strike group sails toward Korean Peninsula

Following the missile strike on a Syrian government air base, the US has sent a strike group toward the Korean Peninsula to bolster Washington’s presence in the region, as North Korea appears closer to conducting another nuclear and missile test
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170409000204
http://www.atimes.com/article/us-carrier-strike-group-diverted-north-korea-region/
http://www.voanews.com/a/us-strike-group-heads-toward-north-korea/3802649.html

7 APRIL 2017

US sends message to North Korea with strike

By targeting Syria while hosting Xi Jinping, Trump is signalling he’ll act alone if Beijing doesn’t rein in Pyongyang, analysts say
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2085811/us-sends-message-north-korea-strike

31 MARCH 2017

France as a 21st century Asia-Pacific power: Hard interests and direct engagement

The Diplomat‘s Ankit Panda and Prashanth Parameswaran discuss France’s interests in the Asia-Pacific region in the context of French President Francois Hollande’s recent three-nation trip to Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia
http://thediplomat.com/2017/03/france-as-a-21st-century-asia-pacific-power-hard-interests-and-direct-engagement/

28 MARCH 2017

China-Russia strategic cooperation: The West has so far gotten it wrong

Contrary to the dominant views that picture the China-Russia strategic partnership as shaky and unsustainable, the two countries have been consolidating their relations steadily and consistently over the last two décades
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/385.html

14 MARCH 2017

The Other Side of the World: China, the United States, and the Struggle for Middle East Security

In this Brzezinski Institute report, Jon Alterman considers the ways in which the U.S. and Chinese governments have approached the Middle East and the Asian space leading to it and the implications that potential shifts would have not only for their bilateral ties but also for the future of geopolitics more broadly
https://www.csis.org/analysis/other-side-world-china-united-states-and-struggle-middle-east-security

7 MARCH 2017

US starts deploying advanced anti-missile system THAAD in South Korea after defiant North’s latest test

The United States started to deploy the first elements of its advanced anti-missile defence system in South Korea on Tuesday after North Korea’s test of four ballistic missiles, US Pacific Command said, despite angry opposition from China
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/07/us-starts-deploying-anti-missile-system-thaad-south-korea-defiant/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39188826
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170307_80/

28 FEBRUARY 2017

South Asian nuclear arms race accelerates amid India-Pakistan standoff

Recent weeks have witnessed a further intensification of the nuclear arms race in South Asia, with arch-rivals India and Pakistan both carrying out tests of nuclear-capable missiles and making bellicose war threats
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/02/28/inpk-f28.html

10 FEBRUARY 2017

The limits to Russia’s potential THAAD response

Recently the Russia ambassador to Seoul hinted during a press conference with members of the South Korean media that if THAAD is indeed installed in South Korea then Russia will respond with its own countermeasures
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/02/10/the-limits-to-russias-potential-thaad-response/
https://sputniknews.com/military/201702101050526581-thaad-funding-cause-arms-race/

2 FEBRUARY 2017

In Seoul, US defence chief Mattis says South Korea alliance is ‘strong’

US Defence Secretary James Mattis has reassured the leader of South Korea that the alliance between the two nations remains strong
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38824008
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-us-agree-to-push-missile-defence-system/3488708.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=200467

13 JANUARY 2017

Why is India risking Chinese anger by trying to sell missiles to Vietnam?

The fast-evolving relationship between Vietnam and India drew Beijing’s ire this week via the government mouthpiece Global Times, which described the Indian arms sale as “stirring up trouble”, and said China would “hardly sit with its arms crossed”
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2061550/why-india-risking-chinese-anger-trying-sell-missiles-vietnam

6 JANUARY 2017

China and India : 2.5 billion people, nukes and missiles. What could go wrong?

The countries are home to 2.5 billion people, a long and sometimes disputed border — which they’ve fought wars over — and each have nuclear weapons
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/04/asia/china-india-icbm/index.html

30 DECEMBER 2016

The Bay of Bengal Naval Arms Race

As Bangladesh and Myanmar build up their navies, India and China compete to supply Equipment
http://thediplomat.com/2016/12/the-bay-of-bengal-naval-arms-race/

25 NOVEMBER 2016

China issues report on US military activities in Asia-Pacific

A Chinese government-backed institute has released a report that says the United States is stepping up its military activity in the Asia-Pacific region
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161125_27/
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-25/trump-will-pursue-regional-hegemony-in-south-china-sea/8059486?section=world

16 NOVEMBER 2016

Report warns of arms race if Trump reduces Asia engagement

The Pivot to Asia has been one of the main focuses of US President Barack Obama’s foreign policies. With the election of Donald Trump, the US approach to Asia is expected to undergo a major change
http://www.dw.com/en/report-warns-of-arms-race-if-trump-reduces-asia-engagement/a-36410741

10 NOVEMBER 2016

Security in the Asia Pacific: the risks and ramifications of Trump’s impulsive adventurism

Now that Donald Trump’s nativist insurgency has captured its capital, the rest of the world is anxious to know how that vision will be visited upon them, as Trump seeks to define his boilerplate “America-first” slogan overseas
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/10/trumps-impulsive-adventurism-and-security-in-the-asia-pacific-the-risks-and-ramifications

24 OCTOBER 2016

Guess what India and China need to improve relations? More spies

Strange as it may sound, China and India need a basis in espionage to improve their relationship. The two countries are ignorant of each other’s strategies, with suspicion taking the place of intelligence just when understanding is critical
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2039640/guess-what-india-and-china-need-improve-relations-more-spies

15 OCTOBER 2016

India deepens military ties with Russia

India and Russia deepened economic and military cooperation, while New Delhi pressed its concerns about cross-border terrorism at a summit of the BRICS countries in the western Indian city of Goa
http://www.voanews.com/a/brics-summit/3552704.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/india-russia-set-up-joint-venture-to-build-helicopters-in-india
http://www.atimes.com/article/india-buy-russian-surface-air-missile-defence-system/
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/indiarussia-s400-missiles-deal/article9224802.ece?homepage=true

11 OCTOBER 2016

China, Russia criticise US deployment of missile defence system in South Korea over North Korea’s nukes

China and Russia blasted Washington on Tuesday (Oct 11) for its decision to deploy a missile defence system in South Korea in response to Pyongyang’s nuclear programme
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-russia-criticise-us-deployment-of-missile-defence-system-in-south-korea-over
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2027171/china-and-russia-close-ranks-against-us-missile-defence

7 OCTOBER 2016

Russia considers restoring military bases in Vietnam and Cuba

Russia is considering plans to restore military bases in Vietnam and Cuba that had served as pivots of Soviet global military power during the cold war, Russian news agencies quoted Russian Deputy Defence Minister Nikolai Pankov as saying on Friday
http://www.scmp.com/news/world/russia-central-asia/article/2026157/russia-considers-restoring-military-bases-vietnam-and
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37591756

25 SEPTEMBER 2016

China dispatches big air force fleet near Okinawa in show of force to Japan

 China’s air force sent an unusually large fleet of fighter jets and bombers through the Miyako Strait near Japan’s Okinawa Island for exercises on Sunday, the second time it has headed to the Western Pacific this month
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2022467/china-dispatches-big-air-force-fleet-near-okinawa-show
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-air-force-holds-drills-in-western-pacific-for-second-time/3155024.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160926_01/

12 SEPTEMBER 2016

Cold War foes Russia and Pakistan forge closer ties, will hold joint war games

Pakistan and Russia will hold their first-ever joint military exercises later this year, say media reports. Islamabad is looking for new alliances in the region as its ties with Washington are rapidly deteriorating
http://www.dw.com/en/cold-war-foes-russia-and-pakistan-forge-closer-ties/a-19545856
http://tribune.com.pk/story/1180917/first-pakistan-russia-hold-joint-war-games/

China, Russia hold 1st joint South China Sea drill

China and Russia have kicked off 8 days of joint naval exercises in the South China Sea. It’s the first time the 2 countries are holding joint drills in the contested waters
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160912_20/
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/view/2016-09/12/content_7254045.htm

2 SEPTEMBER 2016

Surge in Europe’s arms sales to Asia

Even though the European integration has been built and developed on a “pacifist” platform after the Second World War’s tragedies, France, Germany, Britain, Sweden, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands keep selling arms worth billions of dollars to Asia-Pacific nations
http://atimes.com/2016/09/surge-in-europes-arms-sales-to-asia/

30 AUGUST 2016

Eye on China: the new defence pact that allows the US to use India’s land, air and naval bases

The United States and India have signed an agreement to allow the use of each other’s land, air and naval bases for repair and resupply, a step toward building defence ties as they seek to counter the growing maritime assertiveness of China
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2011217/eye-china-new-defence-pact-allows-us-use-indias-land-air-and
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-and-US-in-military-hug-will-share-logistics-bases/articleshow/53937467.cms
http://www.thestatesman.com/news/world/china-has-nothing-to-fear-from-indo-us-defence-pact-kirby/162560.html

29 AUGUST 2016

Sri Lanka and Australia’s Strategic Defense Interests

Based on Australia’s Defense White Paper, the two countries can deepen strategic security cooperation
http://thediplomat.com/2016/08/sri-lanka-and-australias-strategic-defense-interests/

24 AUGUST 2016

North Korea fires submarine-launched ballistic missile towards Japan

North Korea fired a submarine-launched missile on Wednesday that flew about 500 km (311 miles) towards Japan, a show of improving technological capability for the isolated country that has conducted a series of launches in defiance of UN sanctions
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/north-korea-fires-submarine-launched-ballistic-missile-towards-japan
http://www.dw.com/en/north-korea-launches-ballistic-missile-from-submarine/a-19496546
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/24/north-korea-tests-submarine-launched-ballistic-missile

8 JULY 2016

US and South Korea agree THAAD missile defence deployment

 The U.S. and South Korea have agreed to deploy an advanced military defense system that could intercept North Korean missiles following continued weapons testing by Pyongyang in defiance of U.N. résolutions
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3021051
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36742751
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/08/asia/north-korea-thaad-missile-deploy/index.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160708_27/

28 JUNE 2016

Is China militarising space? Experts say new junk collector could be used as anti-satellite weapon

A small spacecraft sent into orbit by the Long March 7 rocket launched from Hainan in southern China on Saturday is tasked with cleaning up space junk, according to the government, but some analysts claim it may serve a military purpose
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1982526/china-militarising-space-experts-say-new-junk-collector

23 JUNE 2026

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un says new missile can strike US military bases in the Pacific

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un threatened United States military bases across the Pacific after North Korea’s test of a powerful new missile triggered emergency United Nations Security Council talks late Wednesday (June 22) on curbing Pyongyang’s nuclear programme.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/north-koreas-leader-kim-jong-un-says-new-missile-can-strike-us-military-bases-in-the

4 JUNE 2016

U.S. intends to maintain and expand military presence in the Asia-Pacific’

US secretary for Defence Carter has proposed to further deepen defense cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region by bringing cooperating countries together under the umbrella of a “security network.” Militaries of the countries under this network would train together and eventually operate together, Carter proposed.
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/244651303
http://www.dw.com/en/south-china-sea-tensions-top-asia-security-summit-in-singapore/a-19306325http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/us-defence-chief-carter-urges-china-to-quit-self-isolation-and-join-principled

25 MARCH 2016

Russian Navy will create Pacific Fleet base in Kuril Islands

Russia this year will deploy coastal missile systems and drones of a new generation in the Kuril islands, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said on Friday.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/russian-navy-may-create-pacific-fleet-base-disputed-kuril-islands

21 MARCH 2016

These are the new U.S. military bases near the South China Sea. China isn’t impressed.

The disputed South China Sea will soon see increased U.S. military activity from five Philippine bases, following the signing of a deal between Manila and Washington that will allow the Pentagon to deploy conventional forces to the Philippines for the first time in decades
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/03/21/these-are-the-new-u-s-military-bases-near-the-south-china-sea-china-isnt-impressed/

13 MARCH 2016

Japanese Self-Defense Forces to support Indonesian navy

The Japanese government will send personnel from the Self-Defense Forces and Coast Guard to Indonesia late this month to help enhance that country’s naval capabilities
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160314_03/

23 FEBRUARY 2016

Military spending in Asia-Pacific to hit US$533b in 2020: Report

By the end of the decade, total defence spending in Asia-Pacific is expected to hit US$533 billion per year, up from US$435 billion in 2015, according to British military publisher IHS Jane’s.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/report-military-spending-asia-pacific-hit-533b-2020
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-tensions-fuel-s748b-arms-race-asia-pacific

13 FEBRUARY 2016

North Korea launch: Chronology of North Korean missile development

North Korea on Sunday (Feb 7) launched a long-range rocket seen by much of the outside world as a covert test of ballistic missile technology for a future weapons system capable of striking the US mainland. These are key dates in the reclusive nation’s missile programme.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/chronology-of-north-korean-missile-development

9 FEBRUARY 2016

U.S. hopes to deploy THAAD in S. Korea as soon as possible. upseting China

The United States hopes to deploy its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense or THAAD system to the Korean peninsula as soon as possible. « We’d like to see this move as quickly as possible. We are beginning the consultations now in the coming days with the South Koreans and we expect this will move in an expeditious fashion. »
http://www.arirang.com/News/News_View.asp?nseq=188046
http://news.yahoo.com/us-responses-nkorea-nuke-missile-tests-upset-china-050557834.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/us-hopes-to-send-anti-missile-system-to-south-korea-as-quickly-as-possible

8 FEBRUARY 2016

North Korea rocket launch may spur U.S. missile defense buildup in Asia

North Korea’s latest rocket launch might kick off a buildup of U.S. missile defense systems in Asia, U.S. officials and missile defense experts said, something that could further strain U.S.-China ties and also hurt relations between Beijing and Seoul.
http://news.yahoo.com/north-korea-launch-may-spur-talks-u-missile-013336680–finance.html

13 JANUARY 2016

Philippines offers eight bases to US under new military deal

The Philippines has offered the United States eight bases where it can build facilities to store equipment and supplies under a new security deal, a military spokesman said on Wednesday, amid rising tension with China over the South China Sea.
http://atimes.com/2016/01/philippines-offers-eight-bases-to-us-under-new-military-deal/
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/01/14/1542335/8-philippine-camps-eyed-us

 

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17 OCTOBER 2019

Malaysia must prepare navy for possible conflict in South China Sea, foreign minister warns

Malaysia’s navy needs upgrading to deal with the possibility of armed conflict in the South China Sea, the country’s foreign minister said on Thursday ahead of the long-awaited release of a Defence White Paper expected to outline a 10-year plan for the armed forces
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3033417/malaysia-must-prepare-navy-possible-conflict-south-china-sea
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-south-china-sea-saifuddin-abdullah-12008402

10 OCTOBER 2019

Two Malaysian lawmakers arrested over alleged ties to Sri Lankan Tamil Tigers

Assemblymen G. Saminathan from the state of Malacca and P. Gunasekaran of Negeri Sembilan were arrested on Thursday, confirmed Thomas Su, a member of the central executive committee in the predominantly-Chinese Democratic Action Party (DAP), which the duo also belong to
https://www.scmp.com/print/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3032397/malaysian-lawmakers-arrested-over-alleged-ties-sri-lankan
https://www.nst.com.my/news/crime-courts/2019/10/528695/police-arrest-7-men-including-2-assemblymen-supporting-ltte

9 OCTOBER 2019

Malaysian MPs vote to repeal ‘fake news’ law

Malaysian lawmakers on Wednesday (Oct 9) once again voted to repeal a controversial law that punished spreading « fake news » with up to six years behind bars and which critics said was aimed at stifling dissent
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-fake-news-law-repeal-parliament-vote-11985614
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3032217/malaysian-mps-vote-do-away-fake-news-law

19 SEPTEMBER 2019

Malaysia Seeks Non-Militarization of South China Sea

Malaysia called Wednesday for non-militarization of the South China Sea, as Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad unveiled his Pakatan Harapan government’s first comprehensive foreign policy document since it took power last year
https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/malaysian/malaysia-china-09182019171217.html

14 SEPTEMBER 2019

Malaysian opposition parties UMNO and PAS formalise pact

Malaysia’s two oldest political parties – UMNO and PAS – signed a charter of formal cooperation on Saturday (Sep 14), presenting arguably the largest political platform for the majority Malay-Muslims
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysian-umno-and-pas-formalise-pact-11906484
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/malaysia-top-opposition-parties-form-alliance-190914134219848.html
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3027189/malaysia-does-marriage-umno-and-pas-pose-threat-mahathirs

5 SEPTEMBER 2019

Malaysia, Russia discuss ways to strengthen bilateral ties

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin have discussed ways to further strengthen ties between the two countries
http://www.theasian.asia/archives/105535
https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2019/09/519028/putin-wants-set-aerospace-university-malaysia

27 AUGUST 2019

Myanmar Navy to Join US-led Maritime Exercise in South China Sea

Myanmar’s navy said on Monday it is traveling to the Gulf of Thailand to take part in a five-day maritime exercise led by the United States with seven ASEAN navies
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/myanmar-navy-join-us-led-maritime-exercise-south-china-sea.html

20 AUGUST 2019

Malaysia bans controversial Indian Muslim preacher Zakir Naik from public activities

Police said on Tuesday that an Indian Muslim preacher, wanted in India for alleged money laundering and hate speech, has been banned from public activities after racial slurs in his recent speeches sparked outrage in Malaysia
https://www.scmp.com/print/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3023644/malaysia-bans-controversial-indian-muslim-preacher-zakir
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/zakir-naiks-public-speeches-banned-again-questioned-in-malaysia-1.1566296642441

13 AUGUST 2919

PM Mahathir accuses Chinese schools association of racism over khat controversy

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has hit out again at the Chinese schools association over its opposition to the teaching of khat calligraphy, saying that legal action could be taken if the association instigates negative racial sentiment
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-mahathir-khat-calligraphy-racist-dong-zong-11805520
https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/08/14/the-khat-paranoia-in-malaysia/1780561

30 JULY 2019

Sultan Abdullah installed as the 16th king of Malaysia

The ceremony was attended by about 700 guests including nine Malay rulers, government ministers and foreign dignitaries. Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy, in which the sovereign performs a largely ceremonial function. The king is elected in rotation: the throne passes from hand to hand every five years
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-30/malaysia-anoints-new-king-after-former-monarch-abdicates/11368050?section=world
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Sultan-Abdullah-installed-as-the-16th-king-of-Malaysia-47633.html

 

16 JULY 2019

Malaysia’s parliament approves Bill to lower voting age to 18

After several hours of debate, 211 out of 222 members of parliament voted in favour of amending Malaysia’s federal constitution, allowing the changes to be introduced. No objections were recorded
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-s-parliament-approves-bill-to-lower-voting-age-to-18-11725452
https://www.nst.com.my/news/politics/2019/07/504876/pm-happy-vote-18-passed-says-fact-vote-was-unanimous-historic

15 JULY 2019

Malaysia Seized Over $240 Million From Chinese Company Over Pipeline Project: PM Mahathir

Malaysia seized more than 1 billion ringgit ($243.5 million) from a bank account of state-owned China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering (CPP) over incomplete pipeline projects, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on July 15
https://www.scmp.com/print/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3018700/malaysias-mahathir-mohamad-confirms-us240-million-seizure
https://www.theepochtimes.com/malaysia-seized-over-240-million-from-chinese-company-over-pipeline-project-pm-mahathir_3002731.html

3 JULY 2019

Malaysia’s Mahathir bans sea sand exports to Singapore, in major blow to city state’s expansion plans

Malaysia, Singapore’s biggest source for sea sand, has banned the export of the commodity, according to officials in Kuala Lumpur, a move that traders said could complicate the city state’s ambitious expansion plans on reclaimed land
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3017104/malaysias-mahathir-bans-sea-sand-exports-singapore-major

30 MAY 2019

Malaysia’s Mahathir Proposes Common East Asia Currency Pegged to Gold

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday mooted the idea of a common trading currency for East Asia that would be pegged to gold, describing the existing currency trading in the region as manipulative
https://www.theepochtimes.com/malaysias-mahathir-proposes-common-east-asia-currency-pegged-to-gold_2943360.html

9 MAY 2019

Malaysian PM says no timetable for handing over power

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad defended his government’s record on the anniversary of its election victory Thursday and reiterated he will hand over power to his successor Anwar Ibrahim though he wasn’t clear on when
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/221/12/160/1557391380337.html?newsId=82299
https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/05/09/i-am-an-interim-pm-dr-m-says-may-stay-on-for-three-years-before-anwar-takes/1751355

19 APRIL 2019

Malaysia negotiating to buy military assets through barter: Defence Minister

Malaysia is negotiating with several countries to acquire military assets through barter trade, said Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu on Friday (Apr 19)
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-negotiating-to-buy-military-assets-through-barter-11461768
https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/04/19/malaysia-negotiating-to-buy-military-equipment-through-barter-system-says-m/1744948

12 APRIL 2019

Malaysia to go ahead with China-backed East Coast Rail link

Malaysia on Friday said it had a signed a fresh deal to proceed with the stalled China-backed East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), after months of false starts and contradictory statements from Prime Minister
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/3005831/malaysia-decide-today-stalled-china-backed-east-coast-rail

5 APRIL 2019

Malaysia U-turns on decision to join war crimes court after political pressure

Malaysia will no longer join the International Criminal Court (ICC), said Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Friday (Apr 5), citing political pressure and « confusion among the rulers »
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-u-turn-icc-not-ratifying-rome-statute-mahathir-pressure-11416980
https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2019/04/476540/dr-m-malaysia-withdraws-rome-statute-due-smear-campaigns
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/malaysia-backtracks-decision-join-icc-190405102217112.html

3 APRIL 2019

Malaysia ex-PM Najib pleads not guilty to all charges as trial starts

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak appeared in court Wednesday for the start of his corruption trial, exactly 10 years after he was first elected to office only to suffer a spectacular defeat last year on allegations he pilfered millions of dollars from a state investment fund. He pleaded not guilty to all charges as the trial begun
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/malaysia-ex-pm-najib-pleads-not-guilty-to-all-charges-as-trial-starts-1.1554275712421
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/03/asia/malaysia-1mdb-najib-razak-jho-low-yacht-intl/index.html
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-03/former-malaysian-prime-minister-najib-razak-faces-jail/10797958?section=world

9 MARCH 2019

Malaysian man gets 10 years in prison for insulting Islam on Facebook

The sentence of 10 years and 10 months is believed to be the harshest such penalty on record in the Muslim-majority country
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/03/190309143611139.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2189352/malaysian-jailed-more-10-years-insulting-islam-social-media

24 FEBRUARY 2019

Malaysia’s GDP to expand 4.9% this year, no risk of deflation: Finance minister

Malaysia’s economy is going strong and the gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to expand a further 4.9 per cent in 2019 even with a decline in inflationary pressure, said Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng on Sunday (Feb 24)
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-s-gdp-to-expand-4-9-this-year-no-risk-of-deflation-11284496

31 JANUARY 2019

Malaysia crowns Pahang state’s Sultan Abdullah as 16th king

Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah of central Pahang state was crowned on Thursday as Malaysia’s 16th king under a unique rotating monarchy system, nearly a month after the sudden abdication of Sultan Muhammad V
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/sultan-of-pahang-ascends-the-throne-as-new-malaysian-king-11188432
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190131_39/
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-47070883/sultan-abdullah-crowned-malaysia-s-new-king

30 JANUARY 2019

Malaysia unveils five-year plan to fight corruption

Malaysia has unveiled an ambitious five-year plan to clamp down on corruption in government, months after a multibillion-dollar corruption scandal brought down the previous administration
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/malaysia-unveils-year-plan-fight-corruption-190129050626578.html

27 JANUARY 2019

Malaysia stripped of right to host world para swimming championships after Israeli ban

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) on Sunday (Jan 27) stripped Malaysia of the right to host the 2019 world para swimming championships after the country banned Israeli athletes from participating
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-stripped-of-right-to-host-world-para-swimming-championships-after-israeli-ban
https://www.bbc.com/sport/disability-sport/47020257

26 JANUARY 2019

Malaysia scraps China-backed East Coast Rail Link plan over price

Malaysia’s government has decided to cancel a US$20 billion rail project being built and financed by China after failed attempts to lower the price, a minister said on Saturday, ending months of speculation about the future of the controversial project
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2183743/malaysia-scraps-chinas-expensive-east-coast-rail-link-plan
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-cancelling-us20-billion-china-backed-rail-project-says-economics-affairs

24 JANUARY 2019

Malaysia elects new king after shock abdication

Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, the ruler of the Malaysia state of Pahang, was named the country’s new king Thursday following the shock abdication of Sultan Muhammad V earlier this month
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/01/24/asia/malaysia-new-king-elected-intl/index.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/sultan-abdullah-pahang-malaysia-king-monarchy-rotational-vote-explained-a8743971.html

16 JANUARY 2019

Mahathir’s Malaysia bans all Israeli nationals from events it hosts

Malaysia’s foreign minister said Wednesday that the government will not budge over a ban on Israeli athletes in a para swimming competition and has decided that the country will not host any events in the future involving Israel
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2182413/mahathirs-malaysia-bans-all-israeli-nationals-events-it
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/malaysia-says-it-wont-host-any-more-events-involving-israel/

6 JANUARY 2019

Malaysia’s king Muhammad V abdicates in unexpected and rare move

Malaysia’s king Muhammad V has abdicated, becoming the first ruling monarch to resign from the throne in the country’s history
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/malaysia-king-abdication-sultan-muhammad-v-agong-a8713951.html
https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2019/01/06/short-and-historic-a-quick-look-at-sultan-muhammad-vs-755-day-reign/
https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/malaysian/King-Abicates-01062019111340.html

29 DECEMBER 2018

Malaysian PM Mahathir says his party needs to defend ‘weak’ Malay community

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad defended his party’s pro-Malay stance on Saturday (Dec 29) amid criticisms raised even within his ruling Pakatan Harapan (PH) alliance that race-based policies should be toned down or abandoned in the Malaysia Baru (New Malaysia) administration
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysian-pm-mahathir-says-his-party-needs-to-defend-weak-malay-community
https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2018/12/445184/only-malays-can-save-themselves-says-dr-m

8 DECEMBER 2018

Thousands in Kuala Lumpur for street protest against UN rights convention

Over 50,000 Malay Muslims gathered at the capital’s Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square) on Saturday (Dec 8) afternoon in a celebratory gathering-turned-political rally after Malaysia bowed to their demands not to ratify a United Nations anti-discrimination pact
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thousands-gather-for-kl-rally-against-un-rights-convention
https://www.foxnews.com/world/malaysian-muslims-stage-rally-to-uphold-malay-privileges
https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/12/08/mahathir-govt-faces-first-big-rally-as-thousands-march-over-icerd/

2 DECEMBER 2018

Malaysian Chinese Association president: Party to push for dissolution of BN instead of leaving coalition

The MCA annual general meeting today passed a resolution for the dissolution of Barisan Nasional (BN) and for a more effective coalition to be forged
https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/12/02/mca-agrees-to-dissolve-bn-to-form-new-coalition/
https://www.malaymail.com/s/1699261/mca-president-party-to-push-for-dissolution-of-bn-instead-of-leaving-coalit

23 NOVEMBER 2018

Malaysia govt says it won’t ratify UN rights treaty after facing anger from Malays and Muslims

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has dumped a pledge to ratify a UN treaty against racial discrimination amid intense pressure from Malays, who claim it would jeopardise controversial race-based affirmative action policies that benefit them
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/malaysia-backpedals-on-un-racism-measure
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2174750/malaysias-mahathir-dumps-pledge-ratify-un-treaty-racial
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-govt-says-wont-ratify-rights-treaty-after-facing-anger-from-malays-and-muslims

18 NOVEMBER 2018

Umno president Zahid calls for his party’s merger with long-time political enemy PAS

Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has called for a merger between his Malay nationalist party and its long-time political nemesis PAS, six months after the Umno-led Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition was ousted from power in national polls
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/umno-president-zahid-calls-for-his-partys-merger-with-long-time-political-enemy-pas
https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/11/18/umno-and-pas-a-step-closer-to-alliance-with-joint-committee/

27 OCTOBER 2018

Ex-Malaysia PM Najib walks out of Al Jazeera interview, saying ‘You are not being fair to me’ See the video

Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak walked out of an interview with Al Jazeera news channel after he was repeatedly asked about the 1MDB scandal
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/ex-malaysia-pm-najib-walks-out-of-al-jazeera-interview-saying-you-are-not-being-fair-to
https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/101east/2018/10/malaysia-najib-speaks-181027062409739.html

18 OCTOBER 2018

Malaysia’s former deputy prime minister Zahid Hamidi charged over corruption as Umno’s implosion continues

Malaysia’s anti-graft agency has arrested a former deputy prime minister, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, in connection with an investigation into suspected misappropriation of funds from a charity foundation, the agency says
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysias-ex-dpm-zahid-arrives-in-court-to-face-35-charges
https://www.malaymail.com/s/1684548/the-raft-of-money-laundering-charges-against-umno-president-zahid-hamidi

13 OCTOBER 2018

Malaysia’s Anwar returns to frontline politics in big poll win

Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim won a by-election for a parliamentary seat with a landslide victory on Saturday in a grand political comeback to help him prepare for his eventual takeover from Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/malaysia-s-anwar-returns-to-frontline-politics-in-big-poll-win-20860
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/anwar-ibrahim-storms-to-victory-in-port-dickson-by-election-wins-72-pct-of-vote

11 OCTOBER 2018

Malaysia set to abolish death penalty, in move which could spare lives of women accused of killing Kim Jong-nam

Malaysia has decided to abolish the death penalty, a senior minister said Thursday, with more than 1,200 people on death row set to win a reprieve following a groundswell of opposition to capital punishment
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/11/malaysia-set-abolish-death-penalty-move-could-spare-lives-women/
https://www.dw.com/en/malaysia-to-abolish-death-penalty/a-45840659

4 OCTOBER 2018

Wife of Malaysian ex-PM Najib Razak charged with money laundering

Former Malaysian leader Najib Razak’s wife Rosmah Mansor faces 17 charges, including 12 for money laundering. It comes as her husband also faces corruption charges in a multi-billion-dollar scandal that shocked Malaysia
https://www.dw.com/en/wife-of-malaysian-ex-pm-najib-razak-charged-with-money-laundering/a-45745873
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/malaysian-pm-wife-charged-corruption-scandal-heats-181004063123067.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/04/wife-ex-malaysian-prime-minister-charged-money-laundering-luxury/

20 SEPTEMBER 2018

Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak charged with 25 counts of money laundering and abuse of power

Najib Razak, Malaysia’s former prime minister, had been charged with 21 counts of money-laundering in a case linked to a multi-million dollar fraud scandal centred around a state fund
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/09/20/former-malaysian-prime-minister-najib-razak-charged-25-counts/
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/najib-pleads-not-guilty-to-new-25-charges-in-connection-with-1mdb-fund
https://www.voanews.com/a/ex-malaysian-pm-hit-with-25-new-charges-in-1mdb-looting-scandal/4579556.html

12 SEPTEMBER 2018

Malaysian opposition blocks bid to repeal fake news law

Malaysia’s opposition-led Upper House blocked an effort to repeal a law against fake news yesterday, presenting the first major challenge for the new government of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysian-opposition-blocks-bid-to-repeal-fake-news-law

2 SEPTEMBER 2018

Mahathir draws new line in the South China Sea

Malaysian leader opposes China’s militarization of the maritime area’s disputes but any shift to the US will be cloaked in his trademark non-aligned policy
http://www.atimes.com/article/mahathir-draws-new-line-in-the-south-china-sea/

26 AUGUST 2018

Malaysia’s road to democratic reform

For the first time in the history of Malaysia, the opposition has defeated a sitting government at the polls. During the long rule of the Barisan Nasional (BN), Malaysia suffered serious degradation of its legal and political institutions, and the new coalition government of the Pakatan Harapan knows that it must deal with daunting challenges of reform
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/08/26/malaysias-road-to-democratic-reform/

20 AUGUST 2018

Chinese ‘projects will not go on’: Mahathir blasts Najib’s ‘stupidity’

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) and Trans-Sabah Gas Pipeline (TSGP) projects would be cancelled until Malaysia could afford it
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2160627/chinese-projects-will-not-go-mahathir-blasts-najibs
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/chinas-premier-li-keqiang-says-willing-to-push-bilateral-ties-with-malaysia
https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2018/08/403500/malaysia-china-joint-communique-dr-ms-visit-china-mutually-beneficial#cxrecs_s

16 AUGUST 2018

New Malaysian government repeals law banning ‘fake news’

Malaysia’s new government on Thursday repealed a widely criticized law prohibiting “fake news,” in a move hailed as a landmark moment for human rights by a group of Southeast Asian lawmakers
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/new-malaysian-government-repeals-law-banning-fake-news/

5 AUGUST 2018

Malaysian leader Anwar Ibrahim wins PKR presidency uncontested

Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim won the presidency of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) uncontested after nominations for party polls closed at 5pm on Sunday (Aug 5), marking the next step in his journey to become Prime Minister in two years’ time as agreed by the ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysian-leader-anwar-ibrahim-wins-pkr-presidency-uncontested
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/anwar-ibrahim-set-to-become-pkr-president-after-uncontested-win-10590786
https://www.todayonline.com/world/malaysian-leader-anwar-ibrahim-wins-party-presidency-uncontested

2 AUGUST 2018

Mahathir Mohamad on Islam, politics and the love of his life

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is the oldest leader in the world. In May, he made a stunning return to political power, he says in a bid to save his corruption-plagued country before it’s too late
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/01/asia/mahathir-mohamad-malaysia-q-and-a/index.html

 1 AUGUST 2018

China’s Wang Yi meets Malaysian PM Mahathir to discuss visit to Beijing

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday met Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad for the first time since the 93-year-old’s toppling of his Beijing-friendly predecessor Najib Razak raised questions about the future of bilateral ties
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2157849/fears-china-malaysia-ties-ease-wang-yi-meets-mahathir-mohamad
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/chinas-wang-yi-meets-malaysian-pm-mahathir-to-discuss-visit-to-beijing

30 JULY 2018

Malaysia drops sedition case against political cartoonist Zunar

Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque – who goes by the pen-name Zunar – was repeatedly targeted under the former government for his cartoons, which often mocked ex-prime minister Najib Razak and his luxury-loving wife. Some of his collections were banned
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2157492/malaysia-drops-sedition-case-against-political-cartoonist
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-drops-sedition-case-against-political-cartoonist-zunar

19 JULY 2018

Malaysian police arrest 7 suspected ISIS militants, including man who threatened to kill King, PM Mahathir

Malaysian police have arrested seven suspected Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants including a man who threatened to assassinate the Malaysian King and Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysian-who-threatened-to-kill-king-among-seven-suspected-militants-arrested-in-four
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-5969157/Malaysia-arrests-seven-people-suspected-militant-links.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490

17 JULY 2018

Malaysian king calls for unity amid racial tensions

Malaysia’s king has appealed for calm amid growing racial tensions in the Muslim-majority country after an electoral earthquake in May toppled the Malay-dominated coalition that had ruled the country for decades
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysian-king-calls-for-unity-amid-racial-tensions-10537894

16 JULY 2018

Malaysian lawmakers take oath, including indicted ex-leader

Malaysian lawmakers took their oath in Parliament on Monday, including former Prime Minister Najib Razak, who has been charged in a massive corruption scandal that led to his coalition’s electoral defeat
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-5957781/Malaysian-lawmakers-oath-including-indicted-ex-leader.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-swears-in-new-lawmakers-in-historic-parliament-sitting

5 JULY 2018

Malaysia halts $22 billion China-backed deals

Malaysia on Thursday suspended three major China-backed projects worth billions of dollars, the latest big-ticket items to be axed by the new government as it reviews deals signed by former Prime Minister Najib Razak
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/07/malaysia-halts-22-billion-china-backed-deals-180705140537453.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2153984/malaysian-prime-minister-mahathir-mohamad-plans-visit-china

3 JULY 2018

Malaysia 1MDB scandal: Ex-PM Najib Razak arrested

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been arrested in Kuala Lumpur, state media reported, as part of a probe into alleged theft and money laundering at the 1MDB state investment fund
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-03/najib-razak-arrested-by-police/9936612
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/former-malaysian-pm-najib-arrested-over-huge-graft-probe
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/najib-razak-pre-recorded-video-arrest-not-perfect-apology-10496432

30 JUNE 2018

Former Malaysian DPM Zahid wins Umno presidential race

Acting Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was handed a resounding mandate to continue leading Malaysia’s largest party, with members sticking to the status quo at the party’s internal polls on Saturday (June 30),  despite calls to reform the party after its shock general election defeat in May
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/former-malaysian-dpm-zahid-wins-umno-presidential-race
https://www.malaymail.com/s/1647395/three-things-about-umnos-2018-election-and-why-it-matters
https://upclosed.com/people/ahmad-zahid-hamidi/

13 JUNE 2018

Malaysia’s top two judges resign amid purge of senior officials

Malaysia’s two top judges have resigned from their posts, as Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s government purges senior officials seen close to the previous administration
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/06/malaysia-top-judges-resign-purge-senior-officials-180613060050627.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2150641/malaysian-top-judges-quit-mahathir-mohamads-new-government

28 MAY 2018

Malaysia PM Mahathir Mohamad announces plan to scrap high-speed rail project with Singapore

Malaysia is dropping a plan for a high-speed rail link between its capital Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, and will talk with its southern neighbour about the agreement to build it, Malaysia’s prime minister said in an interview published on Monday
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/mahathir-mohamad-confirms-malaysia-pulls-out-of-kl-singapore-hsr-10284144
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2148155/malaysia-pm-mahathir-mohamad-announces-plan-drop-high-speed

24 MAY 2018

Russian military missile downed Malaysian Airlines flight 17 in 2014: Investigators  

Prosecutors investigating the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014 said on Thursday (May 24) they had identified the missile used to shoot down the plane as coming from a Russian military unit
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/05/24/562789/China-US-South-China-Sea–AsiaPacific–RIMPAC
https://www.rferl.org/a/mh17-criminal-probe-to-appeal-to-the-public-for-help/29246988.html

18 MAY 2018

Malaysia names new Cabinet line-up, ministers to be sworn in Monday

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has on Friday (May 18) submitted a list of proposed federal ministers to the King. The ministers are expected to take their oath of office at a ceremony at the palace on Monday morning
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/pm-mahathir-mohamad-announces-malaysia-cabinet-10247844#cxrecs_s
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-names-new-cabinet-line-up-ministers-to-be-sworn-in-monday

16 MAY 2018

Malaysia’s reformist icon Anwar freed, given royal pardon

Malaysia’s reformist icon Anwar Ibrahim was freed from custody Wednesday after receiving a royal pardon, transforming a political prisoner into a prime minister-in-waiting following his alliance’s stunning election victory
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/anwar-ibrahim-freed-from-prison-royal-pardon-malaysia-10237840
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/jailed-malaysian-leader-anwar-ibrahim-walks-free-17498
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/15/asia/anwar-ibrahim-pardon-mahathir-intl/index.html

12 MAY 2018

Who’s who in Mahathir’s new Cabinet and Council of Elders

Pakatan Harapan (PH) will have a small Cabinet line-up to start with, with 10 key ministerial positions to be filled, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/whos-who-in-mahathirs-new-cabinet-and-council-of-elders
https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2018/05/368346/pm-announces-10-ministries-under-new-cabinet-nsttv

10 MAY 2018

Mahathir Mohamad sworn in as Malaysia’s PM

Mahathir Mohamad, 92, a former Malaysian Prime Minister who led the opposition to achieve a stunning victory in the general election, took the oath of office on Thursday night, becoming the world’s oldest government leader
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/152/184/211/1525962653359.html
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2145471/malaysian-election-result-najib-accepts-will-people-says-no
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/10/asia/mahathir-malaysia-election-intl/index.html

9 MAY 2018

Prime Minister Najib Razak defeated as opposition claims victory in Malaysia

Malaysia’s opposition alliance led by the country’s former authoritarian ruler Mahathir Mohamad has won a majority in parliament, ending the 60-year rule of the National Front
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-10/malaysia-election-mahathir-claims-win-but-results-not-yet-in/9745498
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/09/asia/malaysia-elections-results/index.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaysian_general_election,_2018

5 MAY 2018

Malaysia’s new law against ‘fake news’ snares second opposition leader ahead of elections

Opposition leader Rafizi Ramli became the second candidate for prime minister to come under police investigation under the new law within days. The probes come with elections slated for next week
http://www.dw.com/en/malaysias-new-law-against-fake-news-snares-second-opposition-leader-ahead-of-elections/a-43666575

2 MAY 2018

Kuala Lumpur police launch probe into Mahathir under fake news law for claiming his jet was sabotaged

Former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad is being probed under the controversial new law on fake news for his statements alleging that the private jet he was to board last week was sabotaged
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/kl-police-launch-probe-into-mahathir-under-fake-news-law-for-claiming-his-jet-was
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-police-probe-mahathir-fake-news-plane-sabotage-claim-10196246

25 APRIL 2018

Malaysia Election Commission’s new rules disqualify use of Mahathir’s face in campaign materials

Malaysia’s Election Commission on Tuesday (Apr 24) issued new guidelines relating to campaign materials for the 14th general election. Only images of party presidents and deputy presidents – or their equivalents – can be used on campaigning material
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-election-commission-s-new-rules-disqualify-use-of-10174598
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/new-rules-by-malaysia-election-body-seen-as-bid-to-block-mahathir-posters-from-wider

14 APRIL 2018

Malaysia’s General Election: What are Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan promising voters?

Key to any campaign is the manifesto, and both coalitions have presented their plans for the future of multi-ethnic Malaysia should they be elected. Here is a closer look at some of what the two rival coalitions have to offer
https://asianews.network/2018/04/13/malaysias-general-election-what-are-barisan-nasional-and-pakatan-harapan-promising-voters/

10 APRIL 2018

Malaysia to hold general elections on May 9

Malaysia is set to hold a general election on May 9, the Elections Commission said, in what could be the toughest test of the ruling coalition’s 61-year grip on power
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/malaysia-hold-general-elections-9-180410115525833.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2141021/malaysia-hold-general-election-may-9

6 APRIL 2018

Malaysian PM dissolves parliament, calls for election

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Friday that the parliament will be dissolved on Saturday, paving way for the next general election to be held within 60 days in which he is seeking another mandate after holding the position for nine years
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/63/182/213/1523006929547.html
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-dissolve-parliament-elections-najib-razak-10110052
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/parliament-dissolves-today

5 APRIL 2018

Mahathir Mohamad’s political party provisionally dissolved

The Malaysian opposition party formed by former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), has been provisionally dissolved by the Registrar of Societies over its alleged failure to provide necessary documents
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/mahathir-mohamad-political-party-ppbm-provisionally-dissolved-10106970
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/mahathir-party-temporarily-dissolved-polls-180405135324035.html
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/04/06/ppbm-still-a-functioning-party-says-dr-mahathir/

2 APRIL 2018

Malaysia approves anti-fake news bill ahead of elections

Malaysia’s lawmakers approved an anti-fake news law on Monday (April 2) despite numerous protests from opposition lawmakers and civil society groups that it would be misused to muffle dissent ahead of a general election expected within weeks
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-votes-in-anti-fake-news-law
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/04/02/557197/Malaysia-fake-news-law-freedoms

27 MARCH 2018

Malaysia Tries to Redistrict the Opposition to Oblivion

26 MARCH 2018

Malaysia proposes 10 years’ jail for ‘fake news’

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government tabled a bill in parliament on Monday outlawing “fake news,” with hefty fines and up to 10 years in jail, raising more concerns about media freedom in the wake of a multi-billion dollar graft scandal
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/03/26/556543/Malaysia-PM-Press-Freedom
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysias-bill-to-fight-fake-news-tabled-in-parliament

23 MARCH 2018

Racism used for ‘divide and rule’ in Malaysia, says report

Malaysia’s government is utilising racism as a tool to “divide and rule” the country, according to a damning new report from a local human rights organisation
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/03/racism-used-for-divide-and-rule-in-malaysia-says-report/#38v77QpfODy1VpVZ.99
http://komas.org/v2/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Malaysia-Racial-Discrimination-Report-2017.pdf

20 FEBRUARY 2018

Malaysian artist Fahmi Reza jailed for mocking Prime Minister Najib Razak

Fahmi Reza’s picture of the premier wearing powder-white clown make-up, with evilly arched eyebrows went viral and the image was widely used in demonstrations against Najib
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43127199
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2133990/malaysian-artist-jailed-clown-face-caricature-pm-najib
https://www.nst.com.my/news/crime-courts/2018/02/337249/fahmi-reza-gets-jail-fined-rm30000-over-clown-caricature#cxrecs_s

7 JANUARY 2018

Mahathir named Malaysian opposition’s prime minister pick

Malaysia’s longest-serving prime minister could once again helm the country, with the opposition coalition naming Mahathir Mohamad as its interim PM pick should it emerge victorious in the elections
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/mahathir-named-malaysian-opposition-s-prime-minister-pick-9840014
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/01/malaysia-pm-mahathir-tapped-election-run-180107160224615.html

4 JANUARY 2018

Malaysia says unlikely to meet 2020 balanced budget goal

Malaysia is unlikely to meet earlier targets it set for a balanced budget by 2020 and will need another two to three years to reach the goal, the country’s second finance minister said on Thursday (Jan 4)
http://www.todayonline.com/world/malaysia-says-unlikely-meet-2020-balanced-budget-goal

2 DECEMBER 2017

THE MALAYSIAN ECONOMY IS TURNING. WILL NAJIB’S LUCK?

A Bloomberg News survey last week showed the Malaysian economy is likely to grow 5.7 per cent this year and 5.2 per cent next year, in contrast to sub-five per cent growth in 2016
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2122525/malaysian-economy-gathers-steam-can-teflon-pm-najib-turn-heat

24 NOVEMBER 2017

Johor sultan supports Malaysia’s Pedra Branca challenge

Johor Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar has voiced his support for Malaysia’s move to apply for a revision of the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) decision relating to the sovereignty of Pedra Branca, Middle Rocks and South Ledge
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/johor-sultan-supports-malaysia-s-pedra-branca-challenge-report-9435544

23 NOVEMBER 2017

Kuala Lumpur crowned the most expat-friendly city in Asia

The Internations survey places Kuala Lumpur fourth in the overall list of 51 cities ranked best to worst for expats to set up home in, with Manama, Prague, and Madrid just slightly ahead. The city is highly appreciated for how easy it is to settle down and feel at home in such a short space of time
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/11/kuala-lumpur-crowned-expat-friendly-city-asia/#FA8wt74MCozTTJRJ.97

2 NOVEMBER 2017

Malaysian royals call for Mahathir to be focus of sedition inquiry

A powerful Malaysian royal family called on Thursday for former prime minster Mahathir Mohamad to face a sedition probe for allegedly insulting an ethnic group from which they claim descent
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2118180/malaysian-royals-call-mahathir-be-focus-sedition-inquiry
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/selangors-royal-council-urges-sedition-probe-of-mahathir-over-bugis-pirate-comment

27 OCTOBER 2017

Malaysia unveils expansionary budget as polls loom; sees solid 2018 growth

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced an expansionary budget targeted at his vote bank on Friday (Oct 27), as he looks to shore up support ahead of a tough election that must be called by next August
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-unveils-expansionary-budget-as-polls-loom-najib-razak-9350222
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2117347/whos-really-selling-malaysia-china-najib-turns-tables-his-critics

18 OCTOBER 2017

Who are the main actors in Malaysia’s rough-and-tumble politics?

Although Prime Minister Najib Razak won the previous election in 2013, his Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, led by the United Malays National Organisation (Umno) that represents the majority Malay ethnic community, took on an unprecedented defeat with the popular vote
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/10/malaysian-election-primer#2h1QyAKZmvUZjtEy.99

17 OCTOBER 2017

Malaysian teacher Mahmud Ahmad seen as new ‘emir’ of pro-Islamic State militants in Southeast Asia

Institute of Policy Analysis and Conflict said he controlled recruitment and financing and was the contact for foreigners wanting to join the fight in the Philippines or with IS in the Middle East
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2115735/malaysian-teacher-mahmud-ahmad-seen-new-emir-pro-militants
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/ex-lecturer-malaysia-set-take-over-faction-philippines

28 SEPTEMBER 2017

Malaysia bans travel to N.Korea

Malaysia has prohibited its citizens from traveling to North Korea due to mounting tension on the Korean Peninsula
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170928_32/

16 SEPTEMBER 2017

Why Najib’s Washington visit was a success

I never intended to write this piece but the nonsense that I have been reading on social media in the past three days has compelled me to put to writing to separate fact from fiction
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/why-najibs-washingtoon-visit-was-a-success#fvjLidkQTBOiWGM2.97
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/trump-called-me-friend-gave-a-personal-send-off-malaysias-prime-minister-najib
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpSZRsL1Lks

27 AUGUST 2017

The story of Malaysia through its constitution

Much can be told about a country’s character through its laws. Correspondingly, the transformation of a country’s legal regime over time can be said to be a reflection of the sociopolitical evolution of its society
http://www.newmandala.org/story-malaysia-constitution/

RELIGION, RACE, POLITICS: WHAT’S CAUSING MALAYSIA’S GREAT DIVIDE?

Religion, political manipulation and preferential policies are widening the cultural divide between Malaysia’s ethnic groups and could be hindering the nation’s chances of unity as the next general election looms
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/society/article/2108367/religion-race-politics-whats-causing-malaysias-great-divide

17 JUNE 2017

Jailed Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim withdraws as PM candidate

Jailed Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said on Saturday he would not be a candidate for prime minister in elections due by mid-2018
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/jailed-malaysian-opposition-leader-anwar-ibrahim-withdraws-as-pm-8955268

11 MAY 2017

Malaysia Islamist party PAS to sever ties with Anwar Ibrahim’s PKR

Malaysia’s main Islamist party Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) announced on Thursday (May 11) it would sever ties with former opposition ally PKR, the party led by jailed leader Anwar Ibrahim
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-islamist-party-pas-to-sever-ties-with-anwar-ibrahims-pkr
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/pas-officially-cuts-off-pkr
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-s-pas-splits-with-opposition-partner-pkr-8838280#cxrecs_s

24 APRIL 2017

At coronation, Malaysia’s newly-installed monarch calls for greater national unity

Malaysia’s newly-installed King, Sultan Muhammad V, on Monday made a call for national unity amid a backdrop of divisive politics brewing from racial tensions in the multi-ethnic country
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/04/coronation-malaysias-newly-installed-monarch-calls-greater-national-unity/#xlsEmWJ7gkZhV4BO.97

5 APRIL 2017

Malaysia passes child sex crimes law, but does not ban child marriage

Only 140 of the 12,987 cases of child sexual abuse reported to police between 2012 and July 2016 resulted in convictions. « The law is more stringent now… but not enough, » Ms Teo Nie Ching, the opposition MP who proposed the ban on child marriages
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-decides-not-to-criminalise-child-marriage
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/womens-group-a-life-of-rape-for-victims-who-marry-rapists
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2017/04/05/rapists-need-prisons-not-marriage/

28 MARCH 2017

Malaysia: PM Najib tells France no decision yet on buying Rafale jets

Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Tuesday he discussed the possible purchase of Dassault Aviation SA’s Rafale fighter jets with French President Francois Hollande but remained undecided
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/03/malaysia-pm-najib-tells-france-itnot-ready-to-decide-on-buying-rafale-jets/#3dWFUDt09DpsDMSM.97
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/3988-malaysia-mulls-buying-french-made-rafale-fighter-jets.html
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/najib-tells-france-not-ready-to-decide-on-buying-rafale-jets

9 MARCH 2017

Malaysia and North Korea – a friendship on ice

North Korea and Malaysia have taken the extraordinary step of banning each other’s citizens from leaving their countries in the fallout over the killing of Kim Jong-nam. Security expert Hoo Chiew-ping traces the history of this unusual Relationship
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39139035

7 MARCH 2017

Korea bans Malaysians from leaving in row over Kim Jong Nam Killing

Pyongyang has temporarily barred all Malaysian citizens from exiting North Korea in a row over the assassination of the brother of Kim Jong Un. In turn, Malaysia banned Pyongyang’s diplomatic staff from leaving
http://www.dw.com/en/n-korea-bans-malaysians-from-leaving-in-row-over-kim-jong-nam-killing/a-37833503

4 MARCH 2017

Kim Jong-nam assassination: Malaysia expels North Korean ambassador Kang Chol

Malaysia has expelled the North Korean ambassador to the country, asking him to leave within 48 hours and declaring him « persona non grata » after he said Malaysia’s investigation into the murder of Kim Jong-nam could not be trusted
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-05/malaysia-orders-nth-korean-ambassador-to-leave/8325412?section=world
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/03/04/malaysia-expels-north-korean-ambassador/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/kim-jong-nam-death-malaysia-expels-north-korean-ambassador/3568308.html

1 MARCH 2017

Legendary Malaysian actor Jins Shamsuddin dies at 81

Legendary Malaysian actor Jins Shamsuddin, who starred in Malay films such as Pancha Delima and Sarjan Hassan, died on Wednesday evening (Mar 1). He was 81
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/legendary-malaysian-actor-jins-shamsuddin-dies-at-81/3560086.html
http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/03/01/legendary-actor-jins-shamsudin-dies/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jins_Shamsuddin

18 FEBRUARY 2017

Thousands rally in Malaysia to support PAS bill to strengthen Shariah Court

Thousands of Malaysians have gathered at the heart of Kuala Lumpur to support a controversial bill that will strengthen the powers of the Shariah Court
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thousands-rally-in-malaysia-to-support-pas-bill-to-strengthen/3530078.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2072074/tens-thousands-rally-support-islamic-penal-code-bill

9 FEBRUARY 2017

Revealed: Malaysia’s ‘new evidence’ in island row against Singapore

Malaysia’s “new evidence” that it has sovereignty – and not its southern neighbour Singapore – over the rocky outcrop called Pedra Branca comprise a letter by Singapore’s top colonial official in 1958, a naval incident report the same year, and a map of the Lion City in 1966, This Week in Asia has learnt
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2069588/malaysia-provides-fresh-evidence-island-row-against-singapore

4 FEBRUARY 2017

Malaysia reopens Pedra Branca island row with Singapore after a decade

Malaysia on Friday reopened a decades-old dispute with Singapore calling on the UN’s top court to overturn a 2008 ruling granting its neighbour sovereignty over a tiny but strategic island
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2068096/malaysia-reopens-pedra-branca-island-row-singapore-after
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/malaysia-refers-to-declassified-british-files-in-seeking-revision-of-icj-ruling-on-pedra
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-to-study-new-documents-submitted-by-malaysia-to-icj-on/3492880.html

20 JANUARY 2017

Malaysia’s economy in 2016

2016 has been rather eventful for the Malaysian economy. The growth rate — the one big indicator of macroeconomic health — has crumbled. From a past average of 5 per cent in real GDP growth, 2016 is likely to see something like 4.2 per cent
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/01/20/malaysias-economy-that-was/#more-54110

18 JANUARY 2017

Malaysian court revives clemency option for jailed leader Anwar Ibrahim

Malaysia’s jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim scored a minor legal victory on Wednesday, as a court ruled that he can proceed with his bid to challenge the rejection of his petition for a royal pardon
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2063232/malaysian-court-revives-clemency-option-jailed-leader-anwar
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/01/18/court-says-anwar-can-challenge-pardons-boards-decision/

14 JANUARY 2017

Mahathir launches new party; promises to abolish GST if opposition wins

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad officially launched the Malaysian United Indigenous Party (PPBM), pledging to unite the opposition to overthrow Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government ahead of the 14th General Election (GE14)
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/mahathir-launches-new-party-promises-to-abolish-gst-if/3438820.html

14 DECEMBER 2016

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar loses final bid for freedom

Jailed Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on Wednesday lost his final bid for freedom when a federal court rejected his appeal to set aside his sodomy conviction and five-year jail term
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysian-opposition-leader-anwar-loses-final-bid-for-freedom/3365834.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/14/jailed-former-malaysian-opposition-leader-anwar-ibrahim-loses-last-appeal

29 NOVEMBER 2016

Malaysian PM Najib Razak voices support for Islamic laws as he seeks to bolster support

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak has expressed support for strict Islamic laws as he seeks to consolidate support of ethnic Malay Muslims at a party meeting this week, as frustration over graft and the economy cloud his prospects for the next election
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-29/malaysian-pm-najib-razak-voices-support-for-islamic-laws-as-he-/8076766?section=world
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/zahid-be-loyal-as-najib-was-chosen-by-allah-to-be-umno-president

26 NOVEMBER 2016

Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar arrested under sedition law for allegedly insulting PM Najib Razak

Malaysian political cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, or Zunar as he is popularly known, has been arrested under the Sedition Act for cartoons that allegedly insulted Prime Minister Najib Razak
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-27/malaysian-political-cartoonist-zunar-arrested-under-sedition-law/8060932?section=world
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/again-cartoonist-zunar-taken-in-for-sedition

19 NOVEMBER 2016

March for ‘reform’: Thousands protest against scandal-plagued Malaysia PM Najib Razak

More than 10,000 yellow-clad Malaysians flooded the capital on Saturday to demand Prime Minister Najib Razak resign over a corruption scandal, as feared clashes with pro-government rightists failed to materialise
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2047558/march-reform-thousands-protest-against-scandal-plagued
https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2016/nov/19/thousands-march-malaysia-demanding-prime-minister-resigns-video
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-11/19/content_15528605.html

18 NOVEMBER 2016

Malaysian police arrest Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah, ahead of the rally

Maria Chin Abdullah, who is Bersih 2.0 chairman and Mandeep Singh, the group’s secretariat manager, were rounded up Friday after police raided their office in Petaling Jaya, a suburb outside Kuala Lumpur
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/249508299
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/11/malaysian-authorities-arrest-bersih-leaders-rally-proceed/

14 NOVEMBER 2016

Malaysian opposition politician Rafizi jailed 18 months for possession, leaking of 1MDB report

Rafizi Ramli, vice-president of the People’s Justice Party, was found guilty by the court of violating the Official Secrets Act by possessing and disclosing part of a government audit report on the indebted 1MDB fund, founded by Prime Minister Najib Razak
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-opposition-politician-rafizi-jailed-18-months-for-possession-leaking-of-1mdb
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-14/malaysian-opposition-lawmaker-jailed-for-exposing-1mdb-audit/8024812?section=world

1 NOVEMBER 2016

Malaysia and China sign deals on navy vessels

Malaysia has agreed to buy four Chinese naval vessels and pledged with Beijing to handle South China Sea disputes bilaterally, a Chinese official said on Tuesday, in what could be China’s latest counter to US influence in the region
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2016/11/01/malaysia-and-china-sign-deals-on-navy-vessels/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-and-malaysia-sign-agreement-on-navy-vessels-after-najib-li-meeting
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/malaysian-chinese-companies-make-history-with-signing-of-14-agreements-wort

31 OCTOBER 2016

Washington’s untapped influence in Myanmar

Despite China’s power and proximity, the US has more influence than it recognises in Myanmar, writes Hunter Marston
http://www.newmandala.org/washingtons-untapped-influence-myanmar/

Defence high on the agenda for Malaysian PM’s China visit

Military and economic cooperation will be high on the agenda during Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s week-long visit to China, which starts on Monday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2041421/defence-high-agenda-malaysian-pms-china-visit

14 OCTOBER 2016

Sultan of Kelantan named new Malaysian king

Malaysia practises a rotating monarchy system among the nine states which have hereditary royal rulers known as Sultan. Yang di-Pertuan Agong acts as the country’s head of state, and is elected from among the Sultans that form the Conference of Rulers
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/kelantan-sultan-will-be-new-malaysia-king
http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2003410

26 SEPTEMBER 2016

Malaysia admits armed forces under probe for IS links

 Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein admitted today that about 1 percent of those being monitored for possible links to the Islamic State (IS) terror network are from the armed forces
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/09/malaysia-admits-armed-forces-probe-links/

19 SEPTEMBER 2016

Malaysia: ‘Frenemies’ Mahathir and Anwar unite against new security law

Once each other’s fiercest enemy, Malaysia’s ex-premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his now-jailed former deputy Anwar Ibrahim joint hands Monday to issue a statement condemning the National Security Council (NSC) Act, a law recently approved by Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/09/malaysia-frenemies-mahathir-anwar-unite-new-security-law/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/mahathir-anwar-issue-joint-statement-opposing-security-law

9 SEPTEMBER 2016

Malaysia’s former PM Mahathir Mohamad unites with enemy Anwar Ibrahim in bid to oust Najib Razak

Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has met face-to-face with his one-time sworn enemy Anwar Ibrahim for the first time in 18 years, as the two unite behind a push to oust embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-09/mahathir-mohamad-meets-with-enemy-anwar-ibrahim-in-malaysia/7827558?section=world

27 AUGUST 2016

Malaysian protesters call for PM’s arrest

Demonstrators have marched in the streets of the Malaysian capital to protest against alleged government corruption, calling for the arrest of an unnamed high-ranking official after million of dollars went missing from a state-owned investment fund
http://www.euronews.com/2016/08/27/malaysian-protesters-call-for-pm-s-arrest
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/08/hundreds-malaysian-protesters-call-1mdb-arrest-160827175620860.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160827_26/

9 AUGUST 2016

Former Malaysia DPM Muhyiddin registers ‘progressive’ Umno splinter party Bersatu with Mahathir as chairman

Former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin registered a new political party on Tuesday (Aug 9) that he promises to be more open and progressive than Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s pro-Malay ruling Umno
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/former-malaysia-dpm-muhyiddin-to-register-umno-splinter-party-bersatu-on-tuesday
http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/08/164293/muhyiddin-submits-application-new-party-bersatu

1st AUGUST 2016

Malaysia’s controversial National Security Council Act kicks in

New legislation came into force on Monday (Aug 1) that grants sweeping powers to Malaysia’s National Security Council, which is chaired by the prime minister
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-s-controversial/3003680.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-08/01/content_15471356.html

29 JULY 2016

UN rights body raps Malaysian govt over security law

The U.N.’s human rights body said Friday it was « gravely concerned » by a new Malaysian security law coming into force next week that grants the government extraordinary emergency powers
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/World/2016/Jul-29/364575-un-rights-body-raps-malaysian-govt-over-security-law.ashx
http://international.thenewslens.com/article/45430

18 JULY 2016

Singapore, Malaysia to mark ‘significant milestone’ with high-speed rail MoU

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Malaysian counterpart Prime Minister Najib Razak will witness the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project on Tuesday (July 19) in Putrajaya, Malaysia
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-malaysia-to/2964098.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/kl-spore-high-speed-rail-will-enhance-people-to-people-ties-improve-business-linkages

16 JULY 2016

Sacked Malaysian DPM Muhyiddin backs Dr Mahathir’s new party

Sacked former Malaysian deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Saturday (Jul 16) threw his weight behind former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s proposal to set up a new political party to galvanise the opposition and present a credible challenge to Prime Minister Najib Razak’s ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sacked-malaysian-dpm/2962502.html

15 JULY 2016

Opposition hopes for better days with Mahathir’s new party

Having failed to unseat Prime Minister Najib Razak after more than a year of stinging attacks, former premier Mahathir Mohamad’s unprecedented move to force a change of leadership from outside Umno is a tacit admission that he no longer has clout within the ruling party
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/opposition-hopes-for-better-days-with-mahathirs-new-party

30 JUNE 2016

Influential Malaysian opposition politician Lim Guan Eng charged on graft charges

 Malaysia’s opposition leader Lim Guan Eng, who is also the chief minister of the prosperous northern island of Penang, was arrested on Wednesday by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for alleged graft
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1983252/influential-malaysian-opposition-politician-arrested-graft
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/06/malaysia-top-opposition-leader-lim-guan-eng-charged-with-graft/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/penang-chief-minister/2917474

27 JUNE 2016

Malaysian PM reshuffles cabinet amid speculation of snap poll

Scandal-hit Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak Monday announced a cabinet reshuffle, including promoting a trusted ally to manage the economy, in what analysts said could be preparation for a snap election
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1982222/malaysian-pm-reshuffles-cabinet-amid-speculation-snap-poll
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-s-pm-naji

24 JUNE 2016

Malaysia’s embattled PM sacks Mahathir’s son and former deputy

Najib’s ruling United Malays National Organisation (Umno) unanimously decided to expel former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin and Mukhriz Mahathir, the son of ex-premier Mahathir Mohamad
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1980862/malaysias-embattled-pm-sacks-mahathirs-son-and-former
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-pm-sacks-former/2901970.html

21 JUNE 2016

Malaysia opposition PKR politician shot dead in Sarawak

A senior member of the opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s (PKR) branch in Sarawak was gunned down at a traffic junction in the eastern Malaysian state on Tuesday 21
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/opposition-pkr-politician-shot-dead-in-sarawak
http://atimes.com/2016/06/malaysian-politician-and-land-rights-activist-shot-dead/

18 JUNE 2016

Embattled PM’s coalition wins by-elections in Malaysia

Malaysia’s ruling party won two parliamentary by-elections Saturday that were closely watched for indications of whether graft allegations hounding Prime Minister Najib Razak were affecting his governing coalition’s support
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/embattled-pms-coalition-wins-elections-malaysia-182217804.html?nhp=1
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-by-elections-bn/2883980.html

31 MAY 2016

Malaysia Warns Philippines’ Duterte Against ‘Reigniting’ Sabah Dispute

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak rebuked Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s suggestion that he may reignite the Sabah dispute between the two nations, urging Manila on Monday to instead focus on resolving its own decades-old insurgency in the country’s South
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/malaysia-warns-duterte-against-reigniting

27 MAY 2016

‘Talibanization’ for Malaysia?

After being dormant for more than a year, the issue of hudud – harsh seventh-century Islamic law prescribing the amputation of limbs for theft and stoning of adulterers – has suddenly come alive in Malaysia again
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/talibanization-malaysia/

16 MAY 2016

Malaysian activist Hishamuddin Rais escapes prison sentence for sedition

Proponents of freedom of speech and the abolition of the Sedition Act are celebrating the successful appeal of veteran social activist Hishamuddin Rais today against a nine month prison sentence for sedition.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/malaysian-activist-hishamuddin-rais-escapes-prison-sentence-for-sedition/

12 MAY 2016

Malaysia PM stresses unity at UMNO 70th anniversary célébrations

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Thursday (May 12) marked 70 years of his party UMNO with a speech emphasising party unity and loyalty, peppered with subtle jabs at his vocal critic, former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-pm-stresses/2780252.html

5 MAY 2016

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines reach agreement to coordinate maritime security

Following kidnappings of Indonesians at sea, Indonesia has come to an agreement with Malaysia and the Philippines to boost maritime security after a sit-down in Yogyakarta today
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/indonesia-maritime-security/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/05/05/indonesia-malaysia-philippines-sign-maritime-security-declaration.html

4 MAY 2016

Malaysian cartoonist Zunar awarded Cartooning for Peace Prize

Though he faces sanctions in his home country, Malaysian satirical cartoonist Zunar was recognized for his work when the Cartooning for Peace Swiss Foundation awarded him the 2016 International Editorial Cartoons Prize on Tuesday
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/malaysia-zunar-cartoon-peace-prize/

29 APRIL 2016

Malaysia plans to force blogs, news sites to register

The Malaysian government is seeking a law change that would require the country’s « political » blogs and news websites to register with authorities. The move has reignited allegations that it is trying to silence dissent
http://www.dw.com/en/malaysia-plans-to-force-blogs-news-sites-to-register/a-19224747

15 APRIL 2016

The Malaysian government’s love-hate relationship with the media

As it stands, Malaysia is currently ranked at #147 out of 180 countries in the 2015 World Press Freedom Index, an annual report released by Reporters Without Borders which highlights worldwide standings in freedom of information. The country has seen an overall decline in press freedom over the years – it is at its lowest position since 2002, with its highest ranking in 2006, at #92.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/04/malaysia-government-love-hate-relationship-media/

23 MARCH 2016

Malaysian ex-premier Mahathir sues PM Najib over 1MDB scandal

Malaysian former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad today filed a lawsuit against the current Prime Minister Najib Razak over the 1MDB financial scandal, prompting critics to call it a “political gimmick.”
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/03/malaysian-ex-prime-minister-mahathir-sues-current-pm-najib-over-1mdb-scandal/
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-03-23/former-malaysian-leader-mahathir-mohamad-sues-pm-najib-razak/1562042

4 MARCH 2016

Malaysia: Political allies and rivals sign declaration for Najib’s removal

Leaders from across Malaysia’s political spectrum joined Friday to call for a national movement to remove scandal-hit premier Najib Razak, in a dramatic escalation of a festering corruption crisis.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/03/malaysia-political-allies-and-rivals-bsign-declaration-for-najibs-removal
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35724079
http://atimes.com/2016/03/malaysia-cross-party-alliance-demands-removal-of-pm/

29 FEBRUARY 2016

Former Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohammad quits UMNO, again

Former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad announced on Monday he was quitting the ruling party, saying it had degenerated into an organisation whose sole purpose was to protect scandal-plagued Prime Minister Najib Razak.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/former-malaysian-pm-mahathir-mohammad-quits-umno-again
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1918603/malaysias-former-pm-mahathir-quits-ruling-umno-party
http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/02/29/dr-mahathir-calls-for-formation-of-core-group-to-remove-najib/

3 FEBRUARY 2016

Malaysia PM tightens grip on ruling party after critic toppled

Najib Razak, Malaysia’s prime minister, tightened his grip on the country’s ruling party on Wednesday after the son of his predecessor, was toppled for what he claimed was criticism of the premier’s involvement in a financial scandal.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/f9658988-ca73-11e5-84df-70594b99fc47.html#axzz3z8t4AZPF
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35485622

30 JANUARY 2016

Swiss prosecutor asks Malaysia to help investigate 1MDB fund irregularities

Switzerland’s prosecutor has formally asked Malaysia for help with an investigation into the possible misappropriation of $4 billion by state-owned fund 1MDB. Malaysia’s PM has been cleared of corruption in Kuala Lumpur
http://www.dw.com/en/swiss-prosecutor-asks-malaysia-to-help-investigate-1mdb-fund-irregularities/a-19012891
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/swiss-seek-malaysian-help-probing-us4-bln-financial-scandal
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/1mdb-says-would-co-operate-with-swiss-probe

26 JANUARY 2016

Malaysian PM cleared of wrongdoing in $700 million scandal

Malaysia’s top prosecutor found that the money funneled into Najib’s private accounts was a gift from the Saudi royal family. He said no criminal offence was committed, easing pressure on the prime minister to resign.
http://www.dw.com/en/malaysian-pm-cleared-of-wrongdoing-in-700-million-scandal/a-19004123
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pm-najib-cleared-after/2458506.html?cx_tag=undefined&cid=tg:recos:undefined:standard#cxrecs_s
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/time-to-move-on-pm-tells-critics-after-absolved-by-ag

23 JANUARY 2016

Malaysian rally denounces TPP

Thousands of protesters gathered in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday to denounce the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade alliance, demanding the government reject the accord in a parliamentary debate next week.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/836608/thousands-denounce-tpp-in-kl
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/were-against-tpp-because-our-party-said-so-pas-protesters-say
http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/live-updates-anti-tppa-protesters-in-last-bid-to-stop-putrajaya-from-signin

14 JANUARY 2016

 Is Malaysia a world leader in the deradicalisation of Islamist miltants?

In the wake of November’s terrorist attacks in Paris, the threat of Islamic State (Isis)-inspired attacks in the region has hardly left the headlines, not least in Malaysia
http://sea-globe.com/malaysia-islamist-deradicalistion/

9 JANUARY 2016

Can Malaysia revive its economy in 2016?

It has been a rather challenging year for the Malaysian economy. Political disruptions and economic shocks have rocked the nation
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/01/09/can-malaysia-revive-its-economy-in-2016/

12 DECEMBER 2015

Malaysian PM emerges with firm grip on party

Despite earlier concerns that some party rebels were planning to disrupt the proceedings, there were no surprise attacks from those unhappy with his answers to the twin funding scandals that have rocked the party
http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/malaysian-pm-emerges-firm-grip-party
http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2015/12/13/pm-chooses-to-take-the-high-road-detractors-offered-hand-of-reconciliation-in-line-with-islamic-teac/
http://www.theborneopost.com/2015/12/13/najib-im-magnanimous-for-reconciliation/

5 DECEMBER 2015

Malaysia’s anti-corruption agency questions PM Najib Razak over $838 million deposits

Malaysian anti-corruption officials have questioned the country’s prime minister in an investigation into deposits of funds totalling 2.6 billion ringgit ($838 million) into his bank accounts that have prompted calls for his resignation
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-12-05/1mdb-malaysias-anticorruption-agency-questions-pm-najib-razak-over-838-million-deposits/1522616
http://www.dw.com/en/malaysian-premier-questioned-over-unexplained-millions-in-deposits/a-18896500

4 DECEMBER 2015

Malaysia enacts security law amid protests

Malaysia’s Parliament has approved a security law that will give sweeping security powers to a council led by the prime minister, in a move slammed by rights groups and critics as a step toward a dictatorship.
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151204_32.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/malaysia/2015/12/05/452695/Malaysia-security.htm

3 DECEMBER 2015

Rights group condemns proposed Malaysia security bill

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has condemned a national security bill proposed this week by lawmakers in Malaysia, calling it « a tool for repression ».
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34992022
http://asiancorrespondent.com/2015/12/rights-group-warns-of-dictatorship-with-malaysias-new-law/

18 NOVEMBER 2015

Can China Rebuild Its ‘Special Relationship’ With Malaysia?

China’s outreach to ASEAN member states continues. In addition to visits by President Xi Jinping to Vietnam, Singapore, and now the Philippines, Premier Li Keqiang is preparing to head to Malaysia. Li will be attending the various ASEAN-related meetings, including the East Asia Summit, in Kuala Lumpur, in addition to having his first official visit to Malaysia.
http://thediplomat.com/2015/11/can-china-rebuild-its-special-relationship-with-malaysia/

2 NOVEMBER 2015

UN body calls Anwar’s jailing ‘illegal’, demands release

A UN body has determined that former Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been jailed illegally and called for his immediate release, according to a copy of the opinion released Monday by his family
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-11-02/united-nations-determines-detention-of-malaysias-anwar-ibrahim-arbitrary-and-political/1510278
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/751836/un-body-calls-anwar-jailing-illegal-demands-releas

16 OCTOBER 2015

Malaysia arrests hacker for supplying US targets to Islamic State

At the request of the United States, Malaysia has arrested a man on charges of hacking personal data of more than a thousand U.S. officials and handing it to Islamic State militants in Syria so they could target the individuals
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/540991/news/world/malaysia-arrests-hacker-for-supplying-us-targets-to-islamic-state

5 OCTOBER 2015

Myanmar president sued in US over Rohingya abuse

A coalition of Muslim groups has filed suit in New York against Myanmar President Thein Sein and other government officials for alleged crimes against the Rohingya minority, which they say amount to genocide
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/myanmar-president-sued-rohingya-abuse-151005181805344.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/718996/muslims-sue-myanmar-president-in-us-court-over-rohingya-genocide

29 SEPTEMBER 2015

China and Malaysia’s first ever joint military exercice is an important strategic move

Malaysia’s Armed Forces and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) conducted a five-day exercise on Managing Non-Traditional Threats and Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR) from September 17 to 22. Codenamed “Peace and Friendship 2015″
http://www.intellasia.net/china-and-malaysias-first-ever-joint-military-exercise-is-an-important-strategic-move-471169

22 SEPTEMBER 2015

Malaysian opposition forms new alliance

A new Opposition coalition called Pakatan Harapan (Hope Alliance) has been formed comprising People’s Justice Party (PKR), Democratic Action Party (DAP) and National Trust Party (Amanah). http://www.asianewsnet.net/Msian-opposition-forms-new-alliance-80956.html
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/opposition-parties-form-pakatan-harapan-opens-door-to-pas
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2015-09/22/content_15320242.html

16 SEPTEMBER 2015

Malaysian police fire water cannons at pro-government protesters

Hundreds of protesters pelted riot police with plastic bottles Wednesday and tried to push their way into Chinatown, which was barricaded, prompting riot police to fire chemical-laced water to disperse the crowd
http://asiancorrespondent.com/135612/malaysian-police-fire-water-cannons-at-pro-government-protesters/
http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/09/17/Protesters-breach-police-lines-Rallygoers-force-way-through-barricade-to-enter-Bukit-Bintang/

30 AUGUST 2015

Malaysia protests: Former leader Mahathir Mohamad joins protesters’ call for PM Najib Razak to resign on second day of rallies

Former Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad, 90, has urged anti-government protesters to step up their ‘people power’ movement to remove the country’s current prime minister, who is embroiled in a financial scandal
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34100659
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/malaysia-pm-protest-organisers-haram-150830134644732.html

27 AUGUST 2015

Malaysia to block websites promoting anti-government rally this weekend

Malaysia will block websites attempting to spread information about a two-day rally due to be staged in three cities this weekend by a pro-democracy group demanding Prime Minister Najib Razak’s resignation
http://atimes.com/2015/08/malaysia-to-block-websites-promoting-anti-government-rally-this-weekend/

4 AUGUST 2015

Questions persist in Malaysia donations case

Malaysia’s anti-corruption commission says nearly $700m deposited into the prime minister’s personal bank accounts are donations, and are not related to a brewing scandal. But questions continue to be asked as to how Najib Razak came by the funds and who put them in his account
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/questions-persist-malaysia-donations-case-150804195007648.html
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Veteran-journalist-questions-Najibs-failure-to-exp-79003.html

28 JULY 2015

1MDB scandal: Malaysia PM Najib Razak sacks deputy, attorney-general as corruption allegations mount

Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak sacks his deputy, attorney-general and four other ministers in a cabinet reshuffle widely seen as an attempt to strengthen his hold on power as he battles corruption allegations
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-07-29/1mdb-scandal-malaysia-pm-najib-razak-sacks-deputy-attorneygeneral-as-corruption-allegations-mount/1475092
http://asiancorrespondent.com/134404/malaysian-pm-axes-deputy-attorney-general-in-fund-scandal-purge/
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/530210/news/world/malaysian-pm-reshuffles-cabinet-dumps-deputy-after-1mdb-criticism
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Malaysias-new-Cabinet-Whos-in-whos-out-78782.html

24 JULY 2015

Malaysia suspends newspaper over ‘prejudicial’ 1MDB reports

Malaysia’s government suspended the publishing permit of the Edge newspaper group, judging that its coverage of debt-ridden 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) threatens public order and national security, the media company said
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/633664/malaysia-suspends-newspaper-over-prejudicial-1mdb-reports
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/highlight/2015/07/25/throttling-the-publics-right-to-know/

5 JULY 2015

Task force to probe alleged Malaysia PM money trail

 A task force is investigating allegations that a probe into a Malaysian state-controlled investment fund found hundreds of millions of dollars were transferred to the prime minister’s personal bank accounts, the attorney general has said.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/613132/task-force-to-probe-alleged-malaysia-pm-money-trail
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-s-opposition-dem/1962352.html

16 JUNE 2015

Historic Malaysian opposition alliance falls apart

The Malaysian opposition political alliance that had threatened to unseat the country’s long-ruling regime is no more, one of its three component parties declared Tuesday, following bitter disputes over policy
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/594248/historic-malaysian-opposition-alliance-falls-apart
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/world/2015/06/16/msia-opposition-collapses-in-boon-for-beleaguered-government/

10 JUNE 2015

Malaysia goverment maintains marital rape not criminal

A parliamentary committee decided a decade ago after a study that it is permissible for a husband to « rape » his wife. This position was again taken by the six-member bi-partisan speacial committee set up to review marital rape laws
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Msia-govt-maintains-marital-rape-not-criminal-76384.html

1 JUNE 2015

Malaysia Airlines CEO says carrier is ‘technically bankrupt’

The newly appointed chief executive of loss-making Malaysia Airlines said on Monday that the carrier is « technically bankrupt », as he announced plans for a restructuring that will cut the company’s workforce by a third.
http://www.cnbc.com/id/102720938
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-06-01/malaysia-airlines-confirms-6000-job-losses-in-restructure-ceo-says-carrier-technically-bankrupt/1454028

23 MAY 2015

Myanmar signs off controversial pregnancy law

Myanmar’s president has signed a law requiring some mothers to space their children three years apart despite objections by the United States and rights activists, who say it could be used not only to repress women, but also religious and ethnic minorities
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/05/myanmar-signs-controversial-pregnancy-law-150523125320725.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1807783/myanmar-president-signs-controversial-population-law

18 MAY 2015

 Anwar’s wife Wan Azizah takes helm of Malaysian opposition

Wan Azizah Wan Ismail was sworn into Malaysia’s parliament as opposition leader on Monday after winning the seat vacated by her husband Anwar Ibrahim when he was jailed on a sodomy conviction
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/564879/anwar-wife-wan-azizah-takes-helm-of-malaysian-opposition

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 17 October in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 17 OCTOBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on October 17, 2019

1748: In India, British forces raise the siege of Pondicherry, defended by French Dupleix
http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/siege_pondicherry_1748.html

1887: Foundation of the Indochina Union including the French protectorates of Cambodia, Annam and Tonkin
http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/Indochina+Union

1904: The Russians are finaly driven back by the Japanese in the Battle of Shaho that started on October 5; both sides suffer high casualties: Japanese (16,000) and Russians (60,000)


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Shaho
http://59297586.weebly.com/battle-of-shaho.html
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Battle_of_Shaho

1904-10-17 Battle of Shaho

1943: The 415-km Thailand Burma railroad ( Death Railway ) between Bangkok, Thailand and Rangoon, Burma is completed. During the construction of the railway approximately 13,000 prisoners of war and 100,000 civilians. Part of the railway was “The Bridge on the River Kwai” which was later made into a movie.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-two/10382906/Burma-Railway-British-POW-breaks-silence-over-horrors.html

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFMmJMNRv-Q

1947: In London, Clement Attlee and Thakin Nu sign the « Treaty between the Government of the United Kingdom and the Provisional Government of Burma Regarding the Recognition of Burmese Independence and Related Matters »
http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/1947_treaty.htm

1950: Local leader Ngapo Ngawang Jigme accepts the capitulation of Chambo, one of the three parts of Tibet, to China
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Chamdo
http://historicaldocs.blogspot.fr/2012/05/road-map-of-entering-tibet-1950-1951-he.html
http://historicaldocs.blogspot.fr/2013/03/the-fall-of-chamdo-tibetan-account.html

1950-10-17 Chute Chambo

1950: Americano-Siamese security agreement

1953: Signature of a friendship and association treaty between France and Laos

1953: Franco-Cambodian agreement on the transfer of competences in military matters

2002: US Secretary in charge of Asia, James Kelly, says to the Congress that during its travel to Pyongyang, the North Koreans recognized that they have carried on their nuclear program

2009: Pakistan’s military begin its campaign against the Taliban in South Waziristan, long-promised after a series of deadly attacks by Taliban fighters across the country
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2009/10/2009101755843246925.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8311927.stm

2014: India’s homemade subsonic cruise missile Nirbhay, capable of carrying a nuclear payload and considered similar to the US Tomahawk cruise missile, is test-fired for the second time from the missile testing center in the eastern state of Odisha
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/10/india-tests-first-domestic-cruise-missile-20141017104129418564.html

2014: China and Vietnam agree to “address and control” maritime disputes, Chinese state media said, as differences over the potentially energy-rich South China Sea have spoiled relations between the two countries and other neighbours
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1618397/china-vietnam-pledge-address-and-control-maritime-disputes

2017: Declassified US files reveal new details of Indonesia’s mid-60s mass killings
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/17/indonesia-anti-communist-killings-us-declassified-files

On 17 October in South Asian history

ON 17 OCTOBER IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on October 17, 2019

1748: In India, British forces raise the siege of Pondicherry, defended by French Dupleix
http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/siege_pondicherry_1748.html

1817: Birth of Syed Ahmad Khan, Indian Muslim intellectual who died on March 27, 1898
http://cssexam2013.blogspot.fr/2012/10/sir-syed-ahmad-khan.html

1929: Mohammed Nadir Shah proclaims himself, king of Afghanistan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammed_Nadir_Shah

1947: Birth of Simi Garewal, Indian actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simi_Garewal

1950: Local leader Ngapo Ngawang Jigme accepts the capitulation of Chambo, one of the three parts of Tibet, to China
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Chamdo
http://historicaldocs.blogspot.fr/2012/05/road-map-of-entering-tibet-1950-1951-he.html
http://historicaldocs.blogspot.fr/2013/03/the-fall-of-chamdo-tibetan-account.html

1950-10-17 Chute Chambo

1951: In Pakistan, the 2nd Governor-General Khawaja Nazimuddin becomes the 2nd Prime Minister (until April 1953) and Ghulam Mohammad becomes the 3rd Governor-General (until October 1955)
http://www.pakistanherald.com/profile/khawaja-nazimuddin-1176
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/person.asp?perid=P012

1952: Birth of Jahnu Barua, Indian film director
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0059395/
http://www.jahnubarua.com/bio.php

1974: Birth of Dhondup Wangchen, Tibetan director and producer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhondup_Wangchen
http://freetibetanheroes.org/hero-profiles/dhondup-wangchen/

 

http://vimeo.com/50220285#

1981: Death of Kannadasan Indian author, poet, and songwriter, born on June 24, 1927
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kannadasan

1987: Death of Abdul Malek Ukil,Bangladeshi politician, born on October 1, 1925
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdul_Malek_Ukil

1998: Death of Hakim Mohammed Said, Pakistani scholar and philanthropist, born in 1920
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hakim_Said

2003: Eunuchs in the Indian State of Madhya Pradesh float the political party Jiti Jitayi Politics

2007: The Dalai Lama receives the United States Congressional Gold Medal
http://www.dalailama.com/messages/acceptance-speeches/congressional-gold-medal

2009: Pakistan’s military begin its campaign against the Taliban in South Waziristan, long-promised after a series of deadly attacks by Taliban fighters across the country
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2009/10/2009101755843246925.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8311927.stm

2011: Ninth Tibetan, a Nun, Immolates Herself in Anti-China Protest
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/18/world/asia/ninth-tibetan-a-nun-immolates-herself-in-anti-china-protest.html?_r=1&ref=asia

2014: India’s homemade subsonic cruise missile Nirbhay, capable of carrying a nuclear payload and considered similar to the US Tomahawk cruise missile, is test-fired for the second time from the missile testing center in the eastern state of Odisha
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/10/india-tests-first-domestic-cruise-missile-20141017104129418564.html

On 17 October in Southeast Asian history

ON 17 OCTOBER IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on October 17, 2019

1887: Foundation of the Indochina Union including the French protectorates of Cambodia, Annam and Tonkin
http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/Indochina+Union

1943: The 415-km Thailand Burma railroad ( Death Railway ) between Bangkok, Thailand and Rangoon, Burma is completed. During the construction of the railway approximately 13,000 prisoners of war and 100,000 civilians. Part of the railway was “The Bridge on the River Kwai” which was later made into a movie.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-two/10382906/Burma-Railway-British-POW-breaks-silence-over-horrors.html

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFMmJMNRv-Q

1947: In London, Clement Attlee and Thakin Nu sign the « Treaty between the Government of the United Kingdom and the Provisional Government of Burma Regarding the Recognition of Burmese Independence and Related Matters »
http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/1947_treaty.htm

1950: Americano-Siamese security agreement

1953: Signature of a friendship and association treaty between France and Laos

1953: Franco-Cambodian agreement on the transfer of competences in military matters

1992: Death of Herman Johannes, Indonesian professor, scientist and politician, born on May 28, 1912
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herman_Johannes

1992: Birth of Sam Concepcion, Filipino performer and actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Concepcion
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2120205/

2009: Thousands of « red shirt » protesters rally in Bangkok, seeking a royal pardon for Thaksin Shinawatra, the country’s fugitive former prime minister
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/10/20091017161556498994.html

2013: Death of Sein Win, a renowned journalist in Myanmar who championed press freedom and endured three stints in prison as he chronicled several decades of his country’s turbulent history, at age 91.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/114545/sein-win-force-for-press-freedom-in-burma-dies/

2014: Six Myanmar journalists have been jailed by a Yangon court for « state defamation » amid mounting concern over a roll back of press freedom in the former junta-run state
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/fresh-clashes-hong-kong-pro-democracy-activists-regroup

2014: China and Vietnam agree to “address and control” maritime disputes, Chinese state media said, as differences over the potentially energy-rich South China Sea have spoiled relations between the two countries and other neighbours
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1618397/china-vietnam-pledge-address-and-control-maritime-disputes

2017: Declassified US files reveal new details of Indonesia’s mid-60s mass killings
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/17/indonesia-anti-communist-killings-us-declassified-files

 

On 17 October in Japan’s history

kawabata

ON 17 OCTOBER IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on October 17, 2019

1898: Birth of Shinichi Suzuki, Japanese violin teacher who died on January 26, 1998
http://www.internationalsuzuki.org/shinichisuzuki.htm

1904: The Russian are finaly driven back by the Japanese in the Battle of Shaho that started on October 5; both sides suffer high casualties: Japanese (16,000) and Russians (60,000)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Shaho
http://59297586.weebly.com/battle-of-shaho.html
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Battle_of_Shaho

1904-10-17 Battle of Shaho

1908: Birth of Kenji Miyamoto, Japanese communist leader who died on July 18, 2007
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenji_Miyamoto_(politician)

1936: Birth of Hiroo Kanamori, Japanese seismologist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiroo_Kanamori

1968: Yasunari Kawabata becomes the first Japanese to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature
https://blog.bookstellyouwhy.com/yasunari-kawabata-winner-of-the-nobel-prize-in-literature
http://www.washburn.edu/reference/bridge24/Kawabata.html

kawabata

1988: Birth of Yuko Oshima, Japanese singer and actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuko_Oshima
http://www.sbs.com.au/popasia/blog/2014/06/10/akb48-member-oshima-yuko-graduates

2012: Death of Kōji Wakamatsu, Japanese director, producer, and screenwriter, born on April 1, 1936
http://www.screendaily.com/japanese-director-koji-wakamatsu-dead-at-76/5047904.article
http://www.bfi.org.uk/news/obituary-wakamatsu-koji

 

On 17 October in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

1950-10-17 Chute Chambo

ON 17 OCTOBER IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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Updated on October 17, 2019

1862: The Qing government adopts the Huanglong flag as the national flag in its first version (will become rectangular in 1889)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_the_Qing_dynasty

1862-10-17 first Qing flag

1919: Birth of Zhao Ziyang, reformist premier of China (1980-1987) then General Secretary of the CCP (1987-1989), ousted because he was opposed to the repression of the Tiananmen Square students movement
https://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/zhao-ziyang-8911.php

1950: Local leader Ngapo Ngawang Jigme accepts the capitulation of Chambo, one of the three parts of Tibet, to China
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Chamdo
http://historicaldocs.blogspot.fr/2012/05/road-map-of-entering-tibet-1950-1951-he.html
http://historicaldocs.blogspot.fr/2013/03/the-fall-of-chamdo-tibetan-account.html

1950-10-17 Chute Chambo

1967: Death of Puyi the last Chinese emperor, born on February 7, 1906
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puyi
http://asianhistory.about.com/od/modernchina/fl/Puyi.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Emperor
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/10024.html

Puyi et Li shuyi 1960

1974: Birth of Dhondup Wangchen, Tibetan director and producer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhondup_Wangchen
http://freetibetanheroes.org/hero-profiles/dhondup-wangchen/

 

http://vimeo.com/50220285#

2003: Taipei 101 become the World’s tallest highrise building at 1,671 feet after the pinnacle is fitted on the roof
http://skyscraperpage.com/cities/?buildingID=18
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201510140021.aspx

2005: Death of Ba Jin, famous Chinese writer
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4351760.stm

ba-jin-3

2007: The Dalai Lama receives the United States Congressional Gold Medal
http://www.dalailama.com/messages/acceptance-speeches/congressional-gold-medal

2014: China and Vietnam agree to “address and control” maritime disputes, Chinese state media said, as differences over the potentially energy-rich South China Sea have spoiled relations between the two countries and other neighbours
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1618397/china-vietnam-pledge-address-and-control-maritime-disputes